What Does It Mean To Love Yourself?
What is self-love? How do you start loving yourself? What does it mean to have self-love? How can self-love transform your life?
In today’s modern world, stress has taken over our lives. We criticize and make ourselves feel small as if doing those things will help us reach our goals. We don’t know how to turn off our self-critic and treat ourselves with love. We feel it in our bones– the damage our negative thoughts have on our well-being. But we don’t know how to fight it, and instead, we let it run freely and control our feelings and emotions.
In this article, I will run you through the self-love steps and techniques that will help you get a better grasp of how to love yourself more. The self-love project will help you build stability and faith in yourself.
The Self-Love Project To Make You Feel Powerful
Self-love is not an easy process. That much is certain. It requires effort and dedication to get to the point where you can look at yourself in the mirror and smile. The art of self-love calls for deep inner work to uproot all the negativity and hate and replace it with love and compassion. You’ll have to start treating self-love as a real project—the self-love project. True self-love doesn’t come effortlessly but develops over time with consistent and planned effort. The work will be worth it when you realize that you have become your one loyal ally for life. You will feel like a Goddess!
How to love myself?
The first step of cultivating self-love is to prove to yourself that you are capable of it. Performing small and significant actions each day communicates to your psyche that you are worthy of love. The more you perform a certain action, the more you start to believe in it.
Some examples of easy ways to include love in your everyday life include:
- Take breaks often so you don’t burn out
- Take care of your physical health by exercising frequently
- Be mindful of what you eat
- Develop a regular sleep schedule
- Spend time with friends and family
- Write in your journal consistently
- Engage in mind-clearing activities like meditation or yoga
Self-love techniques (Make you a priority!)
Be mindful of your thoughts
Our thoughts can be our best friend or our worst enemy. Often times, we believe that we have no control over our thoughts, but that is not the case. It is important to tell ourselves positive things to build up our self-esteem and self-worth. Instead of consuming negative thoughts like fast food, start to challenge them slowly and replace them with positive ones.
This self-love technique allows you to develop confidence in your ability to treat yourself kindly. One of the reasons we are so afraid of putting ourselves out there is because of the backlash we will get from ourselves if we mess up. This prediction is often a reflection of our inner talk and how we treat ourselves. If you beat yourself up black and blue every time you mess up, then you will naturally run for the hills when an opportunity presents itself. Instead, if we treat ourselves with compassion, no matter the outcome, the fear eventually disappears.
Here are some powerful self-love affirmations you can start telling yourself every day:
I have everything I need within myself
I love the woman that I am
I am not my mistakes
I lovingly embrace all my fears
I am powerful beyond my wildest dreams
Express Yourself to the Fullest
When we hide, we are telling our brain that there is something wrong with us. The mask that we wear may bring us relief in the short run, but long-term, we start to feel stressed from the lack of stability.
To bring resilience and stability into our lives, we need to learn to love ourselves. Our strengths, our weaknesses, our likes, our dislikes, we must learn about all parts of ourselves. By learning and accepting every part of who we are, we can face any obstacle without hurting ourselves in the process.
Buy a personal journal to write down your thoughts and opinions. You can also write about your positive attributes and goals (basically anything that defines you in a positive way). As you write more, your voice will start to form.
Set Up Boundaries and Commit to Them
Setting up boundaries is important to your emotional well-being because you are protecting yourself from anything that is not in your best interest. You learn to defend your most valuable possession: yourself.
When we are lacking in self-love, we often feel as if we are not worthy of anything: success, love, happiness, etc. This essentially invites toxic people to come into our lives and take advantage of our vulnerability. We see ourselves saying ‘yes’ to everything when, in reality, we want to say, “NO.”
Take a moment to really think about what your current and nonexistent boundaries. Listen to your emotional response to everything that you do. It will be clear to you what you want to do and what you don’t want to do. Take note of this and remember it the next time a similar situation comes up.
Steps to Self-Love
Now that we’ve identified the steps and techniques that we can use to cultivate self-worth, we can create a planner to make sure we commit to them on a regular basis.
- Identify the self-love steps and techniques that you want to practice every day. You don’t need to limit yourself to the ones presented in this article. Anything that speaks to you on how to love yourself will work perfectly.
- Transfer these action steps into your planner or anything that you use daily to keep track of your schedule. If you don’t have one, I highly suggest you invest in one or write it down somewhere so that you are reminded of it constantly.
- Pick a duration and time of the day that is most convenient for you. One of the many effective ways of forming a habit is to commit to it every day. It’s better to set aside a few minutes a day of self-love than to do it sporadically.
“To love yourself right now, just as you are, is to give yourself heaven. Don’t wait until you die. If you wait, you die now. If you love, you live now.” -Alan Cohen
The self-love project is a continuous journey. It may feel weird, at first, to tell and treat yourself to all these good things. You have to tell yourself that loving yourself is worth it. Commit to the journey, and you will watch your life blossom to its fullest potential. Having love for yourself will help you attract love!