How to love yourself more

To love one another, we must first accept and love ourselves unconditionally. So, how do you practice self-love? Follow our tips to love yourself more.
How to love yourself more
“If you have the ability to love, love yourself first” , Charles Bukowski.

February is the month of love. Roses appear in shop windows, restaurants advertise romantic candlelit dinners and social media is filled with ideas on how to display your affections for another. But, this month there’s one person we think you should really be focusing your love on, and that’s the wonderful YOU.

What is self-love?

Self-love is an appreciation of yourself for who you are. It means you show yourself the same kindness and respect as you’d show anyone else who you love. It encompasses not only how you treat yourself but also your thoughts about yourself, your internal dialogue and forgiveness of yourself for any mistakes or weakness.

Why is self-love important?

Studies have shown that we need self-love in order to get motivated and take on new challenges. It’s empowering and has positive impacts on stress, resilience, self-efficacy and relationships.

When you love yourself, you take care of your wellbeing and happiness. You’ll prioritise your physical and emotional needs, making for a healthier way of being.

Loving yourself doesn’t make you selfish or unkind to others, in fact it’s quite the opposite. It makes you less vulnerable to people-pleasing and mistreatment and helps you put in place the boundaries that set you up for the healthiest of relationships.

How to practice self-love

If you’re wondering how to fall in love with yourself, you’ll be pleased to hear it’s quite easy. There are many ways to practice your self-love, but here are a few tips to get you started:

1. Get to know yourself

Take some time alone to have a think about who you really are. If you were meeting yourself for the first time, what would you want to know? Ask yourself what’s important to you, what you love doing, what are your most attractive qualities. It might help to write your answers down.

2. Begin loving actions

Each day, think of something loving you can do for yourself. This could be as simple as telling yourself to take a 10-minute break with a book or buying yourself a beautiful bunch of flowers.

3. Practice self-care

Look after your physical and emotional needs by eating nourishing foods, staying active and keeping good sleep hygiene. This will help you feel good about yourself and, in turn, love yourself more.

4. Be mindful

It’s so easy to be caught up in the business of day-to-day life that we rush every activity in order to get on to the next. Being mindful helps us focus on how we’re thinking and feeling and, therefore, what we need.

5. Treat yourself as you’d treat the person you love the most

When you find yourself being negative about yourself, think of what you’d say to comfort a best friend or partner. Be kind, compassionate and patient and before you know it, self-love will become second nature.

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