Let’s be frank, I believe the bulk of people, myself included, owe ourselves a hard time. Whether it’s beating ourselves up because we didn’t make it to the gym, consumed more cookies than we wanted, your favourite dress no longer fits, or your balanced diet schedule has gotten off course, we all do it. Guilt and self-hatred scenarios can also be seen in the workplace and in personal life. Consider all the wonderful stuff that might occur if we fully accepted the practise of self-love.
Taking care of ourselves entails much more than only looking after our physical well-being by feeding well and exercising; it is just the beginning. There is also a critical need for self-esteem – the ability to love yourself sufficiently to live the life you’ve always imagined.
You’ve worked hard for it, and you’ve earned it! It’s not easy to maintain an optimistic attitude about your life, image, and goals. Of course, life isn’t always rainbows and unicorns, and incidents and problems can arise that will make us feel worse for ourselves, and that’s completely well.
Giving yourself permission to let go of perfection is a strong dose of self-love, as I shared with my email subscribers earlier this week. When you come to recognise the shortcomings, the true magic begins to happen.
I, like you, have bad days where I look in the mirror and despise what I see. Isn’t it true that we’ve both been there and had the t-shirt? These days are luckily getting less and far between for me as I’ve gradually learned to cope with these struggles in a constructive manner.
This has been a slow change, and it’s something I’m always focusing on to help me honour myself and recognise my value. Since neglecting my self-care and self-love practises over the past few weeks, I’m on a quest to reclaim these gestures of self-kindness.
If you want to dip your toes into the self-love pool but don’t want to waste a lot of money on a faraway retreat, this article will help you out. There are several easy and beautiful ways to practise self-kindness that don’t include spending a lot of money:
Pursue your passions.
I still tell people that life is too short to be doing anything you despise, and that pursuing your goals is a beautiful act of self-love! You don’t have to go to extremes, such as leaving or losing your career. It can be as easy as writing a novel or crafting, stuff that you can incorporate into your daily routine but have always wanted to do.
Stop comparing yourself.
When it comes to the similarity pit, the famous quotation “Comparison is the thief of joy” is so real. We are all people, and what makes us beautiful is our individuality. Focusing on yourself, the good aspects of your existence, and your own talents is not only motivational, but it also allows you to avoid the competition pit and enjoy your life.
Don’t let negativity consume you.
There will be moments in our life that we are confronted by negativity. It can sound difficult at first, but releasing unpleasant emotions is essential in order to avoid being overwhelmed by them. Although it does not seem so at the moment, talking things out and facing negativity head on will be beneficial to your mental wellbeing. It’s also important to work with others that have been negative against you by growing above it and going on.
Be true to yourself.
When you want to be something you’re not or pretend to be interested in anything to please someone, you have to mask who you really are. This can only contribute to dissatisfaction, and let’s face it, it must be a lot of effort to keep it up! The first indication that you are safe with your own skin and enjoy who you are is that you are pleased with who you are.
Your inner critic must be silenced.
Even at the best of times, our inner critic can be effed up, particularly when we’re still feeling insecure. Everyone has the ability to feel wonderful, and we often restrict ourselves by not allowing ourselves the room to expand. Silencing your inner opponent and embarking down the road of live a happy and better existence is a huge act of kindness.
Take care of yourself.
I wrote a post on the value of being selfish and setting apart time for yourself a while ago, which you can read here. Having a day or even half an hour to yourself to participate in the activities you like will be beneficial to your fitness and well-being. Prioritizing your own desires and reflecting on yourself on a regular basis is just a clear gesture of self-love.
Be patient with yourself.
We prefer to focus on achieving excellence in today’s environment. We’re all human, after all, and we’re all vulnerable to make errors. Challenges and errors, in my opinion, are meant to help us rather than to tear us down. It’s important to accept that you’re not flawless and to avoid judging yourself.
Keep in mind that you are enough.
We may also be our own worst enemies, continually putting ourselves down or believing that we are unworthy. Always remember that you are worthy of love and success; otherwise, you can find yourself missing out on any wonderful life-enhancing opportunities.
Pay Attention to your Body
In today’s fast-paced world, we often ignore our bodies and fail to respond to what they need. Being in touch with your body’s true desires ensures you’ll still be willing to meet the demands, nourishing the body and making you feel great.
Make a love note to yourself.
This may sound counterintuitive, but we also dislike learning about or celebrating ourselves, so putting it all down on paper is innovative. It’s not selfish to acknowledge how amazing you are. Make a list of all the qualities you like in yourself and include them in your note. Keep the letter in your desk or purse for certain times when you need to be aware of your brilliance.
It is important to love yourself in order to live life to the utmost in all respects. This isn’t always the case, and while being a really upbeat guy, I recognise that there are moments where this solution isn’t going to succeed. Many of our life choices will be influenced by practising self-love and getting self-respect for ourselves. We will evolve as individuals and improve our wellbeing and well-being by appreciating our own self-worth, which can be created by several actions of self-kindness, some of which are mentioned above.
How do you treat yourself with self-love and kindness?