Hey Sweet Friend:
You know who matters? You matter! And you are gorgeous, loveable and amazing. I hope you know it!
But that doesn’t make self-love any easier, does it?
And that’s ok! It’s totally normal, and completely common, to struggle with self-love. You are not alone!
But that doesn’t mean that things are completely hopeless. Sometimes little actions of self-kindness go a long way.
Which is why I’m share 4 gentle tips to love yourself.
Grab your favourite blanket, relax and get ready to feel inspired. Let’s talk about loving your gorgeous self…
Why Even Work On Self-Love
Your relationship with yourself is pretty darn important. You spend every second of every day with yourself, after all. And how you feel about yourself can have a huge effect on how you feel in general.
Creating a positive and loving relationship with yourself can be a game changer!
How exactly does self-love change the game?
- Boosts confident and assertiveness
- Reduces self-criticism
- Aids in stress management
- Helps you build positive relationships with others
And you truly deserve all of that.
You deserve to be your own bestie, cheering yourself on and making yourself feel awesome, loved and cared about.
Here are a few ideas to help you get there:
1. Connect With Yourself
There’s no better way to get to know lovely you than working to connect with yourself. It helps you better understand what you want, need and believe. And that knowledge, respect and self-understanding further empowers you to make decisions based on what works for you, instead of what you think others might want or expect from you. It’s win win!
How do you connect with yourself?
There are tons of ways to form a tighter bond with your gorgeous self, so focus on what works best for you.
Some of my fave self-connection ideas include:
- Become Self-Partnered (Yes, That’s a Thing <3)
- Enjoy Some Solo Activities
- Reflect on Your Thoughts and Feelings
- Practice Self-Compassion
- Move Your Body in Ways You Love
- Check In With Yourself Regularly
- Create a Self-Care Routine You Love
2. Schedule Some You Time
What time is it? You time baby! Put some time aside for yourself. You deserve to indulge in self-care and all of those hobbies you adore. And, hey, this will help to strengthen your connection with yourself. So it’s basically a 2 for 1!
Making time for yourself helps to ease stress and prevent burn out. And, since you can’t pour from an empty cup, everyone around you will benefit when you take time to recharge your batteries.
Short on time? Take 10 minutes to enjoy a shower. Self-care doesn’t have to take long.
3. Silence Your Inner Mean Critic
We all have an inner critic who likes to pop up from time to time. But they don’t deserve a megaphone! And they’re definitely getting in your way as you work to love yourself fiercely.
When negative self-talk happens, work on taking it’s power away by responding with kindness or simply letting it go. Try to imagine if you would say the same thing to a friend. Or if you’d ever allow someone else to talk to you that way. No way, right?! So why should our inner mean girl’s critiques be taken seriously? The biggest bully in your life shouldn’t be living in your mind.
Journaling, positive self-talk, self-compassion and counseling can all be helpful tools as you work to neutralize your inner critic. Whatever works best for you is awesome!
4. Cut The Comparisons
With social media proudly displaying everyone’s successes, it’s easy to constantly compare yourself to others and feel like you’ll never measure up.
But you don’t typically see the struggles and hard work behind someone else’s wins! We all struggle. And success never comes easy. We just don’t typically blast our hardships on Instagram. Which means that you’re often comparing yourself to an incomplete picture.
Instead of getting stuck in a comparison loop and feeling inferior, work on getting inspired! Ask yourself what you admire in the other person. And let that admiration motivate you as you pursue your own awesome goals.
There are tons of awesome ways to work on creating a loving relationship with yourself. So many, I’ve written about it bunches! But, ultimately, what matters is that you’re there for you. Through the ups and the downs.
It’s normal to struggle with self-love. In fact, ups and downs are natural and totally expected. Like with any relationship, your relationship with yourself will come with highs and lows and that’s ok. Keep going and keep growing that love for yourself. You’re doing great!
I’d love to know what tips you’d add my list! Tell me how you work on loving yourself in the comments below.
Health and love,
Thought of the day: You are so incredibly worthy of all that beautiful love in your magnificent heart!
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