Self-love is a state of appreciation for oneself that grows from actions that support our physical, psychological and spiritual growth.
While we often look for love from a partner, we sometimes miss out on the most important person to love: ourselves. This by no means suggests that we should love ourselves in a selfish way, but we should be appreciative of ourselves.
We have often heard the saying: “You cannot expect others to love you, unless you love yourself”. What is also true is that often-other people love us whilst we do not love ourselves or they see the greatness in us, while we do not. Not loving ourselves can create all sorts of issues like: low self-confidence and low self-esteem; insecurities; and jealousy. It is important to put your physical emotional and mental well-being first in order to motivate you to make healthy choices in life.
When you hold yourself in high esteem, you are more likely to choose things that nurture your well-being and serve you well. Cast out that idea that you have to be perfect. Live in the moment, just moment for moment every day. Take a moment to stop the endless pursuit and just look into yourself. It is important to stop for a moment to see where you have come from and appreciate the beauty of the moment that you are alive – a living, breathing, functioning human being and how much of a luxury that is! Gratitude is the key to happiness. Try to spend a few minutes each day, thinking of all the things you are grateful for. Sometimes when we get comfortable it is easy to become ungrateful. Change that and endeavour to show some gratitude everyday.
Eat healthier: What you put into your body does affect your mental health and not only physically but mentally too. When we eat something that we consider bad, we end up with feelings of blame.
Get moving: Don’t just sign up to a gym or studio and never go. Try and find one that you enjoy or a start running or cycling or any other physical activity which you enjoy and see and feel the change happening!!