The happiness of every person, man or woman, starts with self-love. It is simply impossible to find inner peace and happiness if you don’t learn to love yourself first. Self-worth, self-esteem, and self-confidence – all those can only be built upon a firm foundation of love, care, and respect for yourself. It doesn’t matter if your friends, family, and partner love you and treat you nicely because you will still end up feeling down if you don’t fall in love with yourself first and foremost. It’s about accepting who you are with all your passions, strengths, weaknesses, talents, mistakes, and so much more. Let’s take a journey into ourselves and explore the 6 powerful ways to practice self-love.
Have some ‘me time’ every day
Whether you’re a busy mom, a business woman, a sports lady, or all of the above, it’s important to have some ‘me time’ every day. This is the time you spend alone with yourself and tune into your feelings, desires, listen to the world around you, and get ready to start the day. It’s good to have at least 15 minutes in the morning all to yourself to do meditation or some other practice of mindfulness before the rest of the world wakes up. This is the time you find your balance and get ready to face whatever is coming your way. You can do anything – read a book, drink a cup of coffee, do yoga, go for a run, or simply look out the window. This is the time to connect with your inner self and the peace that is always inside you no matter what’s happening.
Accept what you feel
Accepting yourself is hard for most of us as no one really teaches it neither to kids, nor adults. As children we learn that our parents’ acceptance matters the most, then it broadens to school mates, teachers, fellow students, co-workers, and society in general. But what about accepting yourself for who you truly are? That is the most important thing in the world. It’s easier to do this when you feel nice and happy – you simply accept that this is who you are and what you feel at the moment. It’s so natural! But when you’re feeling down, angry, or hurt, you just want to make it go away, you don’t live through it, you’d rather shift your focus on watching a TV show, grabbing a drink, or any other distraction. The thing is, you should be present in these states as well. Live through them, don’t supress them, and they will go away because nothing is constant, even pain. Otherwise suppressed emotions can turn into bigger issues and even lead to health problems.