5 Ways to Practice Self-Love
Self-love can simply be defined as a regard for one’s own well-being and happiness. It is an altered state of mind when you accept all of life’s lessons and experiences with open hands; a state of mind where you refuse to let circumstances of life bother you. Self-love keeps you happy, as your source of happiness is within and isn’t dependent on the weather or another person.
Self-love brings about inner peace, which is the key requirement for living a healthy life. When you love yourself deeply, your identity solidifies, your range of emotions are no longer volatile, and your mental, physical, and emotional health improves. Furthermore, self-love is a spiritual practice that spreads good vibes and positive energy to family and friends around you. When you feel happy and fulfilled, you become a source of inspiration and motivation to people around you, manifesting more compassion and serenity.
Self-love is a journey, but most people do not know that there are simple yet efficient ways to start this wonderful journey. Here are five activities that can help you love yourself more.
Doctors have realized the advantages of deep and slow breathing for centuries, yet very few people take advantage of this technique. Deep breaths can help calm your feelings during periods of heightened tension, soothing your mind and feelings.
Focusing your attention on your breathing and the present allows you to accept and receive experiences and circumstances as they come without trying to rationalize your feelings or dwell on them.
Taking deep breaths during stress periods takes you to a new frequency of acceptance, where you decide to love yourself and be unaffected by circumstances around you.
From Solitude to Self-Love
Aldous Huxley once said:
“The more powerful and original a mind is, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude”.
Sometimes we all need to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the modernized world and retreat far away. Solitude helps us to nurture our passions, enjoy the simple pleasures, discover ourselves, and nurture our mind, body, and souls.
We need to discover our own energy, observe our thoughts, and reflect on our emotions. As the saying goes, “You are your own best friend!”
Prioritize Your Values and Dreams
Everybody needs to prioritize and properly plan. Goals should be ranked according to priorities, and actions that need to be taken to achieve those goals should be worked on.
When you have a solid plan with allocation for redundancies and setbacks, your identity solidifies, and no one will be able to change your mind with their ideas and criticisms. Having a clear plan for the future solely gives you the power to activate or disable your potential. With your eyes clearly focused on the goal, you are less likely to remain down after a setback.
Think with your mind, learn the language of your body and listen to your gut.
Your mind and body are the most valuable and powerful tools you own, and loving yourself will activate all the positive aspects within yourself.
Be Selective with the People in Your Life
Intuition is a real thing. We need to learn how to listen to and trust what our body tells us about people. Do not force yourself to open up, watch out for subtle signals, and listen to that feeling in your gut. Likewise, reevaluate the people in your life and be honest about the quality of the mental and emotional connections you have with them.
Do they support your growth?
Do they give back value or they only take?
Do they inspire and motivate you?
Change is a natural process. Do not fight it. Do not resist subtle transformations that take place.
Have Patience with Yourself During this Journey
Most people give up on themselves after failing to meet a set metric or goal. We forget that failing is part of learning and we all learn through trial and error. Have a positive mindset during your journey, acknowledging that it is okay to fail, as long as you rise up again. In any case, practice self-compassion and be gentle with self-criticism.
During the course of our lives, we become exposed to lots of trials and challenges. It is very possible to feel that something is inherently wrong with us whenever we fail where others succeed. This feeling eventually leads to self-pity and depression, as we now see challenges as big obstacles that cannot be dealt with.
It is important to remember that everyone fails at something and you need to treat yourself with unconditional love, and you will discover that beyond life’s hurdles and provocations, our journey on Earth is an extraordinarily rich and beautiful adventure.
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