What is self-love? Self-love is a state of appreciation for oneself that grows from actions that support our physical, psychological and spiritual growth. Self-love means having a high regard for your own well-being and happiness. Self-love means taking care of your own needs and not sacrificing your well-being to please others. Self-love means not settling for less than you deserve.
It reduces stress, helps us develop healthier habits, and makes us more productive. Here are 7 more reasons why self-love is important.
So how do you practice self-love? Here are few ways:
Try keeping a gratitude journal. These research-based tips show how you can reap the greatest psychological rewards from your gratitude journal.
Practice positive self-talk. According to the Mayo Clinic, positive thinking helps with stress management and can even improve your health. Here are some examples of negative self-talk and how you can apply a positive thinking twist to them.
Practice mindfulness, which is the art of creating space for ourselves—space to think, space to breathe, space between ourselves and our reactions. This short practice gets you started.
Limit your time on social media. Social media can hurt your productivity and even your mental health. Here are some tools and strategies that can help.
And if you didn’t grow up practicing self-love, a therapist can work with you to help increase awareness of your body’s needs and make positive lifestyle changes. Call our support line at 844-YOU-OKAY. A trained counselor is waiting for your all. The call is free and confidential.