We work so hard to show our love to the world, the environment, and the people around us. Sometimes in loving others, we forget to love ourselves. Like in any relationship, the little things matter as much as the grand gestures of love. Here are 12 ways to show love to yourself.
1. Eat Healthy and Exercise
Living a healthy lifestyle is one way of showing love to yourself. It is very empowering to know that you have made the choice to eat healthy and to move your body. You are not only maintaining a healthy weight but you are also reducing your risk of different conditions and diseases.
2. Get Enough Rest
I know that you have many roles and responsibilities. But that certainly doesn’t mean that you cannot take a moment to breathe, to relax, and to rejuvenate your body. When you are tired, stop what you are doing and rest. When it’s time to sleep, stop worrying, close your eyes, and dream.
3. Pamper Yourself
Go the extra mile for yourself on occasions when you feel extra worn down. Go to a spa and get a massage to relax yourself. If you are on a tight budget, you can still pamper yourself at home. Set aside a weekend for yourself and enjoy a nice, warm bubble bath. Turn off your mobile phone and jump in bed with a good book. Think of the things that will help you feel relaxed and renewed for another busy week.
4. Nurture Your Spirit
Don’t forget to nurture your spirit, especially during these times of great uncertainty and challenges. You can learn more about your religion. You can learn to meditate. Just do something that will help keep you whole and grounded. It is important that you do not lose yourself in the hustle and bustle of modern life.
5. Engage Your Mind
You must never stop the process of learning. Keep reading and learning about new things. If something catches your interest, try to see if it will lead to a new hobby or a new passion. Continue to challenge your mind.
6. Embrace Positivity
Nothing good will come out of worry and negativity. You just have to accept that there are things in this life that you cannot change; that there are things that you won’t like. Instead of focusing on these things, try to focus on the positive side of life. You can be sad, but don’t dwell on those feelings. Recognize all the good things in your life and keep your eyes on them.
7. Acknowledge Your Good Qualities
Someone will always be better than you; more good looking than you; more skilled than you. But what can comparing yourself to others do for you? Life is like running. You run at your own pace and enjoy the race as you wish. Acknowledge your good qualities and see yourself for the wonderful person you are. You are not running against anyone but yourself.
8. Do Things You Enjoy
Set aside time for you to do the things you enjoy. Don’t think about how unfair or irresponsible you are being for setting aside your responsibilities for a short while. When you give yourself the chance to do your thing, you will be happier and more fulfilled.
9. Treat Yourself
Don’t forget to treat yourself once in a while. Your gifts to yourself don’t have to be extravagant or expensive. The simple things that make you happy are enough to reward yourself.
10. Be with People Who Love and Accept You
The relationships you keep in your life will play a part in your happiness. You don’t have to stay in relationships that make you question your self-worth. Be with people who love you for who and what you are.
11. Enjoy Your Time Alone
If you can’t be comfortable with being alone, then I don’t know how much you love yourself. It sounds harsh but this is based on personal experience, so I know what I’m saying. Don’t worry if the thought of watching a movie alone makes you cringe. Learning to enjoy alone time is something that you develop as you gain respect and love for yourself.
12. Allow Yourself to Feel Love
The only way you can actually show love for yourself is by allowing yourself to feel love. Learn to let go of your judgments; accept yourself unconditionally. Embrace the happiness you feel from your accomplishments. Don’t shy away from the growing love for yourself.
Loving yourself doesn’t make you a selfish and horrible person. Remember that you also need to foster a loving relationship with yourself. When all is said and done, the only person who will remain by your side is you. So be sure you can look in the mirror and smile at the person staring back at you.