Let’s face it: loving yourself is hard. Sometimes, it may even seem impossible, but it’s the single most important thing you can do for yourself. Before you can love anything else, you have to love YOU.
Your ability to love yourself will have a heavy influence on countless other aspects of your life – your mindset, your confidence, your ambition, and so much more! To live a happy, fulfilling life, I firmly believe that you must first love yourself, and the rest will come naturally.
The act of self-love often gets overly simplified into the act of loving your physical body – but it’s SO much more than just that. Before you can love your body, you have to love your soul; the very essence of who you are as a person. If you only love your body, you don’t really love you, because your body doesn’t represent who you are as a person. To help put this in perspective, there’s a quote from C.S. Lewis I’d like to share with you: “You don’t have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.” You have to love your soul and your spirit before you can love your body and your actions.
Loving yourself isn’t a simple task – it’s a journey and a project that you have to work on every. damn. day. You may love yourself today, but that love won’t necessarily transfer over to tomorrow. You need to tell yourself how special you are, how wonderful and magnificent you are every single day.
In order to make sure that you are giving yourself the love you deserve, I challenge you to find five traits about yourself that you absolutely love and repeat them to yourself at least once every day. These traits shouldn’t have anything to do with your physical appearance; rather they should be related to your personality and who you are. For example, one of my self-love traits is my positive attitude. I make a point to tell myself every day: “I love that I’m positive person and that I share my positivity with everyone I meet.” This simple phrase helps me acknowledge an aspect of myself that I not only admire and love, but that I hope to keep strong.
Focusing on the traits within yourself that you love helps them to flourish and grow. By sending energy and love to the parts of yourself that you admire, you will diminish negative thoughts about yourself and increase positive, loving thoughts about yourself – and that’s the first step towards learning to truly love who you are.
Every morning when you wake up, stand in front of a mirror and tell yourself how much you’re loved. Repeat each of your five [or more!] self-love traits to yourself – and more importantly, listen to what you’re saying!!! Listen and realize how much you’re loved, not only by others, but by yourself.
At THINK, we believe self-love is incredibly important. We would be delighted to see each of you practicing self-love every day by repeating your five traits to yourself. If you’re willing to share some of your traits with us, be sure to post a “self-love selfie” on Instagram and tag us @thinkallways.
If you need some inspiration to get your self-love journey jump-started, check out these eight quotes below that have helped me to realize the importance of self-love. These are some of my favorite quotes, and I hope they can help you the same way they’ve helped me. <3