How can you be happy if you don’t love yourself first? Having a high degree of self-love makes it easier to take good care of yourself. If you love and respect yourself, others are more likely to respect you, too. When you love yourself, you are more gentle, kind, and considerate with yourself.

Develop More Self-Love

Life can be tough. It is more difficult when you are hard on yourself. Ideally, you are your biggest fan and bestest friend in life.

Here are some ideas to cultivate more self-love:

 

1. Make sleep a priority.

Everybody needs sleep. When we don’t think very highly of ourselves, we often don’t get enough sleep. It is easy for all the things and people in our lives to get our time and attention. This leaves too little time for enough sleep.

2. Feed your body better food.

If you don’t love yourself, you might not be eating as well as you should be. Show yourself that you are a priority by giving yourself healthy food to eat.

3. Feed your mind better things, too.

It is not just your body. It is your mind, too. Consider the thoughts, TV, and websites that you are giving your mind to chew on.

4. Exercise.

Taking care of your body with exercise is a sign of self-love. You don’t have to train for a triathlon but get some exercise each day.

5. Look your best.

When people aren’t happy with themselves, their general appearance is one of the first things to slide. Give yourself the attention you need to look your best each day.

6. Make time to relax.

Rest and relaxation are critical to enjoying life. Schedule time into your day to kick back and do whatever you enjoy.

7. Forgive yourself.

It is pretty tough to love yourself if you haven’t forgiven yourself for your past mistakes and failures. There is nothing you can do about the past, so it only makes sense to let it go and forgive yourself. The things that happened in the past are best left there.

8. List your best qualities.

Those lacking in self-love can quickly rattle off their shortcomings but struggle to identify their positive characteristics. Remind yourself of all the amazing qualities you have. Write down your positive qualities, even if they are only slightly positive. List them all.

9. List your greatest triumphs.

You have done some amazing things. Put pen to paper and write them all down. Go back to the beginning and relive your better moments.

10. Distance yourself from those that don’t treat you well.

If someone in your life is a regular detractor, consider giving them their walking papers. There are so many people in the world that it doesn’t make sense to put up with someone that doesn’t treat you well.

11. Start making the changes you have been avoiding.

You have a good idea of the changes you would like to make in your life. Let today be the day you start implementing a few of those ideas.

If you can’t love yourself, who else will, other than your mother? Treat yourself like you matter, and you will begin to believe that you do. Our beliefs can be led by our actions. We can change our beliefs to justify our behaviors. Put your attention on your strengths and successes. Take care of your mind and body.

You are the only person you have 24/7. Everyone else is available to you on a limited basis. So, make yourself a priority in your life. You will be glad you did!!

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