Last Updated on March 11, 2022 by azamqasim92
Self-love is such an abstract concept but essential to true fulfillment and happiness. Self-love is the driving force that allows you to fight for your dreams or stand up for yourself. Many people even say that you cannot invite others to love you without loving yourself first. Now, this doesn’t mean that if you are not a fully self-actualized individual you are not worthy of love from others; instead, it’s a way of introspectively investigating whether you’re ready to fully accept the love you are being given from an outside source if you do not see your own worth.
If you believe it’s time to start honoring yourself and showing yourself the most essential kind of love out there, here’s how you can start loving yourself one step at a time.
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Learn From Your Pain
Instinctually, many of us try to run the other way in the presence of pain, emotional pain, specifically. However, the good times are not so rewarding if we don’t experience the bad. If we were to let fear continually overcome our senses, we would not take chances to do things that would help us grow. In other words, we must go through the darkness to find the light on the other side. Pain is a part of life; what matters is if you choose to let it stop you from being great.
Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone
Everyone has a unique comfort zone. Stepping out of that comfort zone looks different for everyone; for example, you could be afraid of public speaking or are content with eating unhealthy foods that don’t make you feel too good. But how often has remaining in those comfortable walls ever paid off in the long run? Ask yourself what your goals are and what you need to do to reach them. Chances are you’re going to need to get a little uncomfortable, but the rewards you’ll reap will be worth it.
Accept The Lessons Of Life And Move On
You don’t necessarily have to believe that everything happens for a reason. Still, you can absolutely take unexpected life experiences as learning opportunities to know how to navigate them best should they present themselves in your path once more. In order to do this, you have to be completely honest with yourself. Only then will you be able to open up your heart to the lesson you learned from those events. If not, you’re going to keep encountering these unpleasant obstacles, which will ultimately lower your self-worth.
Get In Touch With Your Body
If you listen, you’ll realize that your body is constantly trying to communicate with you, whether it’s through pain signals, physiological responses to emotions, tiredness, etc. For instance, if you’re constantly fatigued and don’t have the energy to do things you used to do with ease—it could be your body telling it’s time to slow down a bit. Listen to your body’s responses to specific situations and use your intuition to nourish and heal it. Trust that you know how to care for your body, whether it’s internal or external. Yes, this includes knowing when to pay your doctor a visit!
Do What Makes Invigorates Your Soul
Any chance you can do something that sends those feel-good endorphins rushing is a great way to build on your self-love. When we make an effort to do things that invite positive energy into our lives, we’ll naturally begin to attract the flow of more positive energy toward us. Life is short, so the more you prioritize activities that nurture your soul, the better quality of life you’ll have, and the more you’ll love yourself for it.
Whether for ourselves or those around us, love plays a leading role in making decisions and affects our happiness levels more than we think. Learn more about its impact at BetterHelp.