Where instant gratification is fleeting, true self-love is a journey. It
can be challenging: it takes dedication and practice. Yet when we can
love ourselves a little more every day, something wonderful happens.Our
best self is able to blossom, and our overall wellbeing improves. Self-love
can also influence how we form relationships, the image we project at
work and how we cope with problems in our lives.
Because practicing self-love is important to our health, CaroMont has put
together a list of five tips to help you start—today. These small
steps can help usform positive long-term habits, and over time, better
accept our weaknesses as well as our strengths, have less need to explain
away our short-comings, have compassion for ourselves and become more
centered in our life’s purpose.
5 Tips to Love Yourself More, Starting Today:
1. Practice Mindful Kindness
Choose to be kind to yourself today. Remind yourself of what you’re
good at and do a little more of those things. Participating in a hobby
you're good at will not only boost your endorphins, it shows off your
best self. If you love to cook, then cook! If you love to run, then grab
those sneakers, head outside and clock some miles. Make a list of all
the things that are working for you, and let go of what isn’t working.
This acceptance can help us move forward and shed negativity.
2. Take Care of Your Body
Good self-care can start as soon as breakfast! Treating your body well
will not only boost self-love, but your energy, too. Be intentional about
what is on your plate—not just to look good, but tofeel good. Nourish yourself with sound nutrition, daily activity and exercise,
proper sleep, healthy intimacy and social interactions.
3. Try Not To Compare Yourself To Anyone Else
We’ve all caught ourselves browsing social media channels, envying
a friend’swork success, engagement photosor decadent meal, all while
amassing hundreds of“likes.” In moments like these it can
be hard not to compare ourselves to others. Remember,everyone has bad
days, and social media isn’t always an accurate reflection of real
life. We’re all perfect in our own unique way.
4. Take a (Happy) Break
Think of a happy place: somewhere you find it easy to relax, unplug and just
be. And when you need a break, allow yourself to take one. Whether this place
is a bubble bath, a walk in the park, a hike in nature or a spiritual
retreat, remember to let go of what’s due at work, what bills need
to be paid or what you’re unhappy with. Slow down andembrace the
here and now. Self-love is about connecting with yourself, and one of
the easiest places to do that is your “happy” place.
5. Surround Yourself With The Right People
Protect yourself by bringing the right people into your life, or reaching
out to a positive community—it can help set us up for self-love
success. Because as much as we would like to think we can, we can’t
do everything ourselves. We need the support and love of people who genuinely
want us to be happy, and can help us stay motivated and on track. Whether
you’re building a network or planning to go to a fun event, it’s
important to find a community that values you.