Loving ourselves is something that is much easier said than done. In fact, learning to love and appreciate oneself is something that often gets pushed to the back burner, in favor of life’s many stresses and concerns. However, the relationship we have with ourselves is the most important. In order to truly find your way to self-acceptance, you have to navigate a long and complicated road that is filled with self-doubt, failure, uncertainty, and negative outside influences. If you’re just starting the journey of loving yourself, it can all feel a little bit overwhelming.
But what if you had a little bit of help, in the form of some tried-and-true methods of reflection, self-care, and self-acceptance? Here are some amazing tips from Marc and Angel Hack Life that can assist you in learning to love yourself. And, if you’re already on a path of self-love, these are an awesome refresher. #14 is so, so important.
#1. Start telling yourself what you love about yourself.
In your own life it’s important to know how spectacular you are. You really have to look in the mirror and be kind. Because what we see in the mirror is often what we see in the world. Our disappointment in others often reflects our disappointment in ourselves. Our acceptance of others often reflects our acceptance of ourselves. Our ability to see potential in others often reflects our ability to see potential in ourselves. Our patience with others often reflects our patience with ourselves. You get the idea – you’ve got to show yourself some love first and foremost.
#2. Be one with what is.
Something that’s really difficult, but totally worth it, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the journey of becoming your true self. The most beautiful part of this journey is simply returning to the peaceful feeling of being. This peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be.
#3. Focus less on winning the approval of others.
Remind yourself that you don’t have to do what everyone else is doing. And you don’t have to get permission to do it differently either. Your time on this planet is precious. As the saying goes, “What you do today is important, because you are exchanging a day of your life for it.” Don’t wait around for someone else to give you permission to live.
#4. Distance yourself from those who bring you down.
Being in no relationship is better than being in a wrong one. Don’t worry too much about folks who don’t worry about you. Know your worth! When you give yourself to those who disrespect you, you lose. Your friends in life should motivate, inspire and respect you. Your circle should be well rounded and supportive. Keep it tight. Quality over quantity, always.