Self-love is a popular term today that gets tossed around in normal conversation: "Why don't you love yourself?" "If you only loved yourself, this wouldn't have happened to you." "You can't love another person until you love yourself." Self-love is important to living well, but what is self-love? Can you get more of it by reading something inspirational? Or, can a new relationship make you love yourself more? The answer to all of these questions is No. Self-love is not simply a state of feeling good. Self-love is dynamic. When we act in ways that expand self-love in us, we begin to accept much better our weaknesses as well as our strengths, have less need to explain away our short-comings, have compassion for ourselves.
7-Step Prescription for Self-Love:
1.Become mindful. People who have more self-love tend to know what they think, feel, and want. They are mindful of who they are and act on it, rather than on what others want for them.
2.Act on what you need rather than what you want. You love yourself when you can turn away from something that feels good and exciting to what you need to stay strong, centered, and moving forward in your life.
3.Practice good self-care. You will love yourself more, when you take better care of your basic needs.
4.Set boundaries. You'll love yourself more when you set limits or say no to work, love, or activities that harm you physically, emotionally and spiritually.
5.Protect yourself. Bring the right people into your life. Avoid people who take pleasure in your pain and loss rather than in your happiness and success.
6.Forgive yourself. We can be so hard on ourselves. You have to accept the fact that you are not perfect, before you can truly love yourself.
7.Live intentionally. You will accept and love yourself more when you live with purpose. Your purpose doesn't have to be crystal clear to you. If your intention is to live a meaningful life, you will make decisions that support this intention, and feel good about yourself when you succeed in this purpose. Love yourself and have a wonderful week
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