Ever put on a pair of jeans and think, “Geez, when did these get so snug?”
But instead of shaming your glorious body, let’s talk about how to accept and love yourself from the inside out. Because self-love is the one size that actually fits all!
This article is your gentle reminder that you, as you are, are perfectly adorable and deserving of love and care.
What is Self-Love?
Loving yourself is more than just a bubble bath and a face mask.
I mean, sure, bubbles are fun, but let’s talk about inner bubbles, the bubbles of joy that come from self-respect.
Self-love is about seeing yourself, hearing yourself, and valuing yourself.
Why is loving yourself important?
Loving yourself gives you control over your life. You realize you have choices, and those choices steer the ship. You know what they say, “Treat yourself so others know how to treat you.”
Tips and strategies for practicing self-love
The Marvelous Mirror Mantra
Stand in front of the mirror, do a little dance, and then shout (or whisper if you have nosy neighbors), “I choose me, today and always. ”
Repeat until it feels less weird and more awesome. Mantras aren’t just for yogis; they’re like the catchy pop songs of affirmations. They’re hard to forget once they’re in your head!
The “Treat Yourself” Technique
Remember when you were a kid and getting a sticker was like winning the lottery?
Well, stickers might not do it for you anymore, but treats still will! Whether it’s a slice of chocolate cake or a lazy Sunday binge-watching your favorite show, make time for a guilt-free indulgence. You deserve it!
The Emotional Wardrobe Makeover
You know that “meh” shirt you keep at the back of your closet? The one that brings out the color in your, um, dark circles? Time to say bye-bye. Keep stuff—clothes, friends, thoughts—that makes you feel like a million bucks. If it doesn’t spark joy, it’s time for it to find another home—maybe at your annoying cousin’s place.
The “My Time is Me Time” Calendar Strategy
Ever feel like your schedule is one endless To-Do list designed to punish you? Change the game by intentionally blocking off “Me Time.” Even if it’s just 15 minutes to sit and smell the roses, or coffee, or, you know, that new car scent. Time alone helps you recharge faster than a phone with a brand new charger.
Stop being nice at your own cost
Consider the shit meter concept. It’s like a gauge of how much nonsense you can take before your internal “Nah, I’m good” alarm goes off. Listen more in this episode of the Art of Life Podcast – Understanding, Accepting and Loving Yourself
You need to lower that meter to a level where it’s just not accepting the B.S. anymore.
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How loving yourself can change your life?
Your Body Becomes a Happy Haven
Guess what? Loving yourself doesn’t just make your mind a pleasant place to hang out; it does wonders for your body too!
The American Psychological Association notes that higher self-love is linked to better physical health. Your immune system says “Thank you, next!” to illnesses way more effectively.
Stress? What’s that? When you love yourself, your cortisol levels drop like a hot potato, and stress doesn’t bother you as much. Not a bad deal for simply treating yourself with kindness, eh?
You Become a Relationship Whisperer
Oh, the magic you’ll weave in relationships when you start from a place of self-love!
According to a study published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, folks with higher self-esteem (aka self-love) have more satisfying relationships.
Remember, people treat you the way you teach them to treat you. When you’ve got that sparkle of self-love, it’s like you’ve got a cheat code for healthier, happier relationships. Now, who wouldn’t swipe right on that?
The Motivation Machine is Unstoppable
Goodbye, procrastination! Adios, “I can’t”! When you love yourself, you’re not just painting rainbows in the sky; you’re also turbo-charging your motivation engine.
According to studies in Positive Psychology, self-compassion is a significant predictor of intrinsic motivation—the kind of motivation that comes from your core and makes you wanna conquer the world.
In layman’s terms, you’ll feel like you’ve drunk five energy drinks, minus the jitters and the impending crash. It’s like your life turns into a video game, and you’ve just activated the “Unlimited Energy” cheat code.
You’re the Master of Your Emotions
According to Psychology Today, emotional intelligence is the cornerstone of mental well-being, and it gets a boost when you have higher self-love.
When you’re on good terms with yourself, your emotional sandbox becomes a much more fun place to play in. You manage stress like a champ, wrangle anxiety like a rodeo star, and serve up happiness like a five-star chef.
You’re going to like this one; self-love might even be your ticket to the good life, financially speaking!
How? Well, self-love correlates with self-efficacy, which according to the Journal of Applied Psychology, plays a pivotal role in job satisfaction and performance.
So, don’t be surprised if loving yourself also puts a little extra jingle in your pocket.
Next time you’re sitting in a job interview, just channel your inner self-love diva. Before you know it, you’re not just working the room; you’re running it!
In a nutshell, the more love you radiate, the more you attract. Consider this your invite to the ongoing, never-ending, always fabulous party of self-love. After all, your relationship with yourself is the longest one you’ll ever have!