Loving yourself is something that is incredibly overlooked in modern society, yet, it is arguably one of the things many of us need to work on the most. We think that it is easier to love others than loving ourselves but we can’t really love someone else before we start to love ourselves and be comfortable with our own existence.
When we start to love ourselves then we found that life becomes better because you actually give importance to your happiness, health, wishes and you try to prioritize yourself and you also realize that without self-love, you won’t be able to genuinely love someone else.
Loving yourself is a practice that in order to fully embrace, must be applied in all aspects of your life. Here, we will explore 5 things you can do to maximize self-love:
1. Challenge Yourself Often
Constant improvement is key. By challenging yourself on a regular basis, you are constantly evolving as an individual. Always striving to push the boundaries of what the best version of yourself is, is an incredibly powerful way to implement self-love.
You are trying to become a better version of yourself each day and trying to improve each day, what’s better than that, taking care of yourself, and trying to become better and better every day.
2. Have Fun By Yourself
It is not easy to love yourself: it is something that requires constant, persistent effort. If you think about it, most of the best things in life do not come easy. They come from hard work, commitment, and dedication. To be able to love yourself, you gotta have to enjoy your life and have fun by yourself. Your happiness shouldn’t depend on any person because in this way you’re wholly and solely depending on that person for your happiness.
You gotta learn to have fun by yourself and that includes trying everything that you wanted to, just fulfill your wishes and make yourself happy. Travel to different places, go to the cinema, take yourself on a date, go watch your favorite sports team to play. Find new things to try that will make you happy.
3. Don’t be too hard on yourself
Sometimes when trying to become a better version of ourselves we try too hard and push ourselves off the limits. While trying hard is useful and it can help you but sometimes being too hard on ourselves just makes us unmotivated. You should give yourself a break from time to time. No one is perfect and as the saying goes, “Rome wasn’t built in a day”, so everything takes time. There can be both good and bad moments but being too hard on yourself isn’t what you should, give yourself a break and relax.
4. Treat Your Body and Mind With Respect
Physical health is essential to self-love. By eating foods that nourish you and engaging in physical activity, you are setting yourself up for longer, better life. Respecting your body is an investment in your future. It is ok to occasionally indulge in junk food or to take a break from staying active. It is a practice that is very much focused on the long-term and is not achieved overnight. But trust me, it is so worth it.
Mental health is also as important as your physical. Everything starts with a mindset. If you have a bad mindset, your life will suck. There is no getting around it. If you are able to control your thoughts and not let the negative ones that don’t serve you take control, you are sitting in the passenger’s seat of your life. You are letting life happen to you rather than choosing how to navigate through life. Meditation is a very useful tool that calms the mind and allows you to be in the driver’s seat of your life.
5. Invest Your Time In People That Lift You Up And Avoid People Who Drag You Down
You know the saying “your network is your net-worth?” This is not a frivolous statement. It could not be more true. The more time you waste on people that are toxic or drag you down, the more harm it will do to you. Your time is your most valuable commodity. Avoid spending time with toxic people that will bring toxicity to you because staying with toxic people can make you a toxic person. Spend it wisely. Only give it to people who deserve it and bring a better version of you.
In conclusion, self-love is very important. Before one can make an effort to make others happy, he should make himself happy. First comes you and then everyone else, you should memorize this thing and actually give importance to yourself. In this way, you will not only be taking care of yourself but also of those that are around you.