What Is Self-Love?
Self-love is a practice that can give our lives the meaning and depth needed to remain healthy. With self-love, we instill healthy habits and live in accordance with our bliss and truth. Whether our self-love habits include getting massages, avoiding conflict, or venting frustrations to others, self-love creates a transformative inner-peace. Daily, we can include self-care rituals in our lives as we make ourselves a priority and remove self-judgement.
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Self-love often involves self-compassion. Compassion can be defined as a sensitivity to the suffering of others. Self-compassion is similar. With self-compassion, people can understand themselves in frustrating times, growth and perceived failures. This inner patience can carry us into being gentle with ourselves and allows us to give ourselves credit when we’re learning from mistakes.
Incorporating self-compassion into our daily lives creates space for self-transformation and the awareness needed to improve relationships. The practice of self-compassion reduces feelings of depression and anxiety which may be present after leaving a rehab facility. Self-compassion can be developed by embracing our humanity and listening to our inner-voice.
Self-compassion enables people to be themselves without beating themselves up for who they are. Kindness for self encourages people to make healthy long-term decisions to maintain a life of wellness. This may include leaving toxic relationships, investing in self-care routines, or leaving stressful jobs.
Healthy self-esteem impacts health and wellness, and studies report strong links between low self-esteem and addiction. It reveals insight on how people perceive themselves, as well as their perceived value. Healthy self-esteem can manifest in confidence, self-forgiveness, problem-solving skills, and trusting others.
Building self-esteem, particularly if it is low, is an empowering act to help people break free of addiction and self-harm. The lower your self-esteem, the more likely you’ll feel depressed, anxious, lonely, and incapable of achieving new goals. Exercising, for example, can provide people with the practice of safe habits and confidence building. As people discover their strength through physical fitness, they also uncover their inner-strength.
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Using the Power of Words
Words have power and can deeply impact us. Positive self-talk encourages us to maintain a healthy self-image. Think of positive attributes which define you that you can use to affirm a positive self-image. What affirmations or mantras can you use? Being mindful of how you label yourself can make a big difference in self-perception. For instance, instead of saying, “lazy” you can emphasize relaxing for balance. Instead of shaming negative emotions, embrace them as the evolution of expressing difficult emotions.
Consider times when you’ve heard how you positively impacted someone. How did the person describe you? Take time to reflect on positive and negative thoughts you may have about yourself. Shine your light by sharing your gifts as a reminder of your value, and be proud of your growth.
Making Space for Self-Care
Self-love involves upholding self-care. Self-care can vary from person to person yet include basic functions to enhance wellbeing. Investing in a wholesome diet full of vitamins and nutrients will sustain the physical body. Getting restful sleep is a simple part of self-care, as is tending to regular health checkups.
Another component of self-care is living for today to enhance mindfulness. With mindfulness, this can include taking inventory of how new activities can make us feel. As we explore new opportunities, we can look within and connect, further guiding us to know where are joys and sorrows are.
Practicing meditation will greatly allow us to manage anxiety or heightened stress levels, adding to our self-care routine. Mindful meditation, for instance, increases our connection to our higher self and our intuition. Following our intuition honors our inner truth and guides us to gain mental clarity over our lives. Self-care also includes looking your best, investing in your dreams and surrounding yourself with the warmth of caring friends.
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