Self-Love 101: Wellness Practices to Integrate Into Your Daily Life
Relationships are difficult to keep when you don’t love yourself.
Sure, you can still give love and be in love despite not having any love for yourself.
But the problem is not giving it — it’s accepting it.
“We accept the love we think we deserve,” said Bill to Charlie in the famous YA novel entitled The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
What does he mean?
When you have little to no love for yourself, it’s hard to believe others will love you.
On the other hand, when you learn to love yourself, you know your self-worth.
Consequently, you learn to accept love from others because you know you deserve it.
Having self-love can also affect your romantic life.
Now the question stands, “How do you learn to love yourself?”
The best way to give yourself love and appreciation is by practicing self-care.
Here’s how to do it:
Start your day with positive words and affirmations.
Practice self-talk where you replace negative thoughts with positive ones.
The thoughts you carry in your mind dictate how you approach life. If you fill your head with positivity, positive outcomes will come your way.
So do yourself a favor. Every time you wake up, try to have an internal dialog. Take a moment to look at yourself in the mirror and say something positive about yourself.
While doing this exercise, remember to:
- Be kind. You are worthy. Think about all your good aspects. What do you love about yourself? What do you appreciate about you?
- Be grateful. Living life is wonderful. Recognize the things that you are truly grateful for. This will help you realize that good things are happening in your life and that you are truly blessed to live another day.
- Choose positivity. Rid yourself of worries and self-doubt. They contribute nothing to your well-being. Always choose to see the good in everything — in yourself, in others, and even in random situations.
To add, choose a mantra and repeat it whenever life is testing your strength and patience. Say and repeat:
“I am enough.”
“I will survive.”
“I can do this.”
You are. You will. You can.
Take care of your body.
A healthy lifestyle is key to a happy and longer life.
When you start looking after your physical health, you will feel great — mentally and physically. You’ll feel fit and more relaxed. That being said, why not take the necessary steps towards maintaining a healthy lifestyle?
There are numerous ways to take care of your body. We’ll give you the basics:
- Get enough sleep.
The benefits of getting enough sleep are endless.
For starters, it keeps your heart healthy and you want it to stay that way until you give it to someone in the future.
Besides that, it also helps your brain function properly. It’s difficult to think of positive thoughts if your brain won’t cooperate.
We suggest you have a regular sleeping schedule and stick to it.
- Eat right and on time.
Think of food as fuel for your body. You won’t be able to function well (or at all) without it.
As such, don’t skip meals. You’ll become tired and irritable. At the same time, be sure to pick nutritious food that will help you feel and perform your best.
Nourishing your body with the vitamins and minerals it needs is important. It’s a way to show self-love.
You don’t need to have a gym membership subscription to exercise and stay fit. Simply having long walks is enough. However, if you want to go the extra mile, do it.
- Drink more water.
There’s nothing our body loves more than being hydrated. Numerous doctors have suggested that you should drink half an ounce of water for each pound you weigh, every day. For example, if you weigh 160 pounds, make sure to drink 80 ounces of water a day.
Surround yourself with love and encouragement.
Jim Rohn said that we are the average of the five people we spend the most time with.
Are these people you’re surrounding yourself with helping you grow?
Do they inspire, motivate, and keep you sane?
If not, it might be time to declutter — rid or distance yourself from these people.
You have every right to be picky about who you want to spend your time with. Having said that, don’t settle, especially on people who don’t contribute to your growth.
Choose people who push you to do better — those who encourage you and reciprocate the love and care you give. These are the people who belong in your life.
Celebrate victories, whether big or small.
Give yourself credit. It takes a lot of effort and energy to be able to achieve something.
Whether you’ve recently learned a new recipe or got a promotion at work, learn to pause and celebrate.
What you’re doing is recognizing that you’re making progress. You’re acknowledging your growth and allowing yourself to feel good about it (as you should).
So throw a party or buy yourself something you’ve always wanted. You deserve it.
Lastly, build a constructive and positive mindset.
Creating a healthy state of mind and positive outlook in life is easy, you just need to believe in the power of manifestation. Essentially, it’s the act of feeling and claiming that something is yours (i.e., a healthy and positive mind).
When you manifest and claim it as yours, you will live in belief and it becomes real. Of course, you’ll still need to exert the necessary effort to make it real. But the first step is conceptualizing it and motivating yourself to do it.
Here are a few mindsets that will help you manifest positive outcomes in your life:
- “I can’t do it… at least, not yet.”
- “This is tough, but I am tougher.”
- “What I’m doing isn’t working. Something needs to change. I need to change.”
Words are powerful tools to help you become a better person. Use them in your wellness exercises and integrate them into your day-to-day life.
Self-love is the most underrated form of love.
You need to learn how to love yourself before you can wholly and genuinely give your love to others. Love should start within ourselves.
Don’t wait for love to find you and start loving yourself today.