The phrase self-love has gotten quite the hype in recent years. Today, it’s common to take a “me day” and focus on your needs. Caring for yourself is acceptable, and many professionals highly recommend it.
So why is it that people do not love themselves enough? It’s one thing to take part in the self-love revolution. But it’s another to actually give yourself enough self-love.
If you’ve been struggling with caring for yourself, here are seven habits to adopt starting today.
1. Give Yourself Grace
You may have a bad habit of beating yourself up over mistakes. Holding yourself to a high standard is good, but only to a point. Just like your friends, you’re only human. You’re bound to make mistakes, but the good news is you learn from them.
So, the next time you make a significant error, roll with it. Permit yourself to be an imperfect person. You’re likely to learn a lot more about life that way.
2. Make Self-Care a Priority
If you’ve been burning the candles at both ends as of late, likely, you’re not making self-care important. It’s far too easy to care for others and forget about yourself. While it’s admirable that you’re a good friend and family member, caring for yourself is vital. If you’re a caregiver for someone, it’s especially crucial to care for yourself.
So, take some time for yourself. Self-care means doing things that rejuvenate you. Reading, taking a long bath, and going on a long run are a few ways to prioritize your self-care.
3. Stop Comparing Yourself to Others
We all compare ourselves to others. It’s hard not to when you see other people’s lives unfold on social media daily. But the problem with comparing yourself to others is that you begin to feel unhappy in your life.
The next time you do the self-comparison game, remember that the person is far from perfect. Unfortunately, many people project what they want you to see on social media and in life.
Even if things from the outside look rosy and perfect, everyone has their struggles. So, remind yourself that you’re an awesome person, and there’s no need to compare yourself to anyone else!
4. Treat Your Body With Respect
Self-love also includes treating your body with respect. Caring for your body means making healthy eating decisions. Exercising regularly also allows you to treat your body right.
You may struggle with overeating. To overcome food struggles, you may want to connect with a counselor. Surrounding yourself with supportive people who understand your battles is also effective.
Some people struggle with addiction. If you struggle with alcohol or drugs, for example, there are things you can do to recover. Each person responds differently to various treatments. Find what works best for you to live a life you love.
Forming positive body habits affect other areas of your life too. For example, when your body feels good, you have happier relationships and better job satisfaction.
5. Surround Yourself With Positive People
Finding loyal friends may be challenging, but that doesn’t mean they’re not there! You deserve much more than to stay friends with toxic people.
Unfortunately, some people just drain all your energy. If you find yourself friends with a person like this, life’s too short to deal with that. No one is perfect, but there comes the point where you must make tough decisions.
Being friends with positive and uplifting people is the best way to treat yourself with love.
You’re Worth the Effort
If you’ve been lacking in the self-care department, there’s no time like the present to make yourself important. Not only are your family, pets, and job important. You are too!
You can also do the following to treat yourself well:
- Make the right decisions
- Establish plans for the future
- Don’t be afraid to feel joy and pain
- Practice positive self-talk daily
- Ease up on yourself
- Do more things alone
- Find new hobbies you love
As you can see, there are many ways to instill self-love. Keep in mind that learning to love yourself doesn’t happen overnight. Like it takes time to learn how to play the piano, for example, it takes time to appreciate yourself.
Establish these habits, and you’ll find you’re a pretty cool person for you to be around.