Self-Love: It’s good for the heart, mind, body, and soul. But it’s easier said than done. Some of us forget that, in order to love, we have to love ourselves first.
I am such a perfectionist that I sometimes forget to do simple things to care for myself, like looking away from the computer screen for a few minutes at a time. There’s always that little voice telling me to take a break, but sometimes it’s so soft that I ignore it.
4 Ways To Show Yourself A Little Bit of Self-Love
By: Stephanie Sandoval
When I do get the urge to escape, I shut off the phone, the computer, and give into these four practices of self-love.
After I get a good night’s sleep, I feel better prepared to take on the day. The tension in my back disappears and my to-do list seems much more manageable than it did yesterday. My skin is glowing and I feel incredible!
James B. Maas, PhD, a professor and former chairman of the psychology department at Cornell University, says that getting more than seven hours of sleep improves your ability to learn a new skill and live a healthy and productive life. You will be more creative, energetic, and alert.
Read 7 Ways to Romance & Love Yourself to get some more tips on how to show your self-love.
2. Talk To A Loved One
Talking to my mom about my problems and concerns helps me see things from a different perspective. I feel motivated when she reminds me of my past successes. Likewise, she confides in me and tells me about a problem at work and how she has confronted the situation to the best of her ability.
Recognizing that others are going through the same struggles leads to a sense of belonging, says social psychologist and Stanford assistant professor Gregory Walton. His studies concluded that sharing your troubles and solutions to others can increase your happiness.
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3. Be Active
When I’m feeling anxious, I move. In order to help me take my mind off things that are weighing me down, I do jumping jacks, dance, jog, or take a walk. Most of the time, it helps me feel that I am in control of my life.
Michael Otto, PhD, a professor of psychology at Boston University assures that there is a link between your mood and exercise. Studies have proven that exercise can alleviate long-term depression.
4. Focus On Your Virtues
Years ago, when I was starting my first job, I felt insecure, scared, and nervous. Because I thought I was surely going to mess up and lose my job, I reached out to many people for help and guidance, including my aunt, who taught me the art of positive affirmations. She told me to repeat these words:
“I am valuable, powerful, and intelligent.”
So, every morning, I said these words to the mirror. Even though it took some time to believe in them, eventually, I felt confident enough to face the workday without doubting myself every moment.
Believing in your value can help relieve stress and see that it’s okay to not be right on the first try. It’s true; research shows that people who practice self-affirmation are accepting of their errors and are open to correcting them.
How do you show yourself love and show your self-love to others? Tell us in the comments!