Last week was filled with lots of LOVE! But let’s talk about self-love for a sec, ‘cause it literally is the key to improving many different components of your life. I believe that the most important relationship is the one that you have with yourself, and I also believe that we attract what we truly need in our lives, so reading this means that you are on your way to having compassion for yourself. The greatest relationship starts with being comfortable with yourself before you can extend outwards to others. Our internal dialogue reacts with every cell in our body, absorbing the energy of our thoughts and ideas. We need to eliminate the cause of our negative internal dialogue, for what we choose to think about life becomes true for us. Nourishing yourself from the inside and out is a form of self-love. Here are my life-changing ways to practice self-love.
1. Eliminate The Negative Internal Dialogue
Our internal dialogue reacts with every cell in our body, absorbing the energy of our thoughts and ideas. We need to remove the cause of our negative internal dialogue because what we choose to think about life becomes real for us. If your mother didn’t know how to love herself, or if your father did not know how to be gentle and kind, there is no way they could have taught you anything different. We are all victims of victims. We can, however, start today to change our mental thought patterns and processes and think more positively. In turn, our body and mind will feel different.
2. Get Intune With Your Present Feelings and Moods
If you have difficulty identifying and putting your finger exactly on what you are feeling, pay close attention to your internal dialogue and notice your inner thoughts at different times throughout the day. What are they expressing to you? Pay attention to your moods too. Write down both your feelings. Are feeling worry, anger, joy, happiness? Feeling irritable, anxious, cheerful? Try doing this several times a day. It's a way to check in with yourself.
3. Be Compassionate With Yourself
Understanding and being gentle with ourselves help us move past the cycles of 'self-hatred' and 'anger.' Self-approval and self-acceptance in the present moment are the keys to positive changes in our future. Being critical of what we do or don’t do ties with the perfectionist in us. Since no one and nothing is perfect, try releasing the past and be willing to forgive. It’s imperative for our own healing that we release the past, let it go and forgive ourselves.
4. Keep Things Light and Playful
Factor some play time into your days. A little bit of playfulness keeps you young at heart and taps into that present moment with a childlike feeling of innocence and joy. If you usually take your dog for a walk, try playing with your dog instead. Sing in the shower, be creative with your pastime and remember to enjoy it without worrying too much about the finished product!
5. Don't Flake Out On Your Own Commitments and Goals
By sticking to your own personal commitments and goals, you are telling yourself that you are worth it. You are loving yourself by demonstrating that you are important enough to keep to your personal commitments and dreams or goals.
6. Stop Comparing Yourself To Others
As females, it is inevitable that we compare ourselves with other women. Especially on Instagram. It is one of the hardest things as a woman not to compare ourselves with others, but everyone is unique in their personal expression and talents. You are unlike anyone else – you are you! Appreciate that. If you need to compare yourself to something, think about how you were yesterday or how you were last year.
Sometimes, we need a little reminder!
How do you practice self-love? Leave a comment here!
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