Just as important as it is to be kind to others, it’s equally important to practice kindness towards yourself. This is the power of acceptance and growth. Being kind to yourself promotes happiness and confidence, how you treat yourself sets the tone for how others will treat you. That’s why we’ve listed 5 easy ways to love yourself!
- Be kind to yourself
It seems simple, but it can be one of the hardest acts of self-love to master. We grow up in a society that is always telling us how to look, how to live and even how to feel. If you’re wondering how to fall in love with yourself, the first step is to give yourself permission to be human. You don’t have to be a super-mum, a fitness model or a billionaire to be worthy of love.
- Change your self-talk
The way you talk to yourself affects your mood and your behaviour – and negative inner thoughts can become a bad habit. It’s ok to hold yourself to high standards and to feel negative emotions occasionally, but don’t get stuck in a cycle of negativity. Catch yourself when you fall into negative self-talk and make a conscious effort to change your words into something positive.
- Adjust your physical state
Your physical state – your posture, breath and movement – is the key to your emotional state. If you’re not feeling confident, try adjusting your body. Straighten your spine and throw your shoulders back. Raise your head high. Smile. Get in a power pose, like standing with your head raised and your arms in a “V” shape or crossed behind your head. These actions send signals to your brain that you’re proud and confident. And when you feel that way, it’s easy to fall in love with yourself.
Meditation is one way to not only change your breath – which is part of your physical state – but also to change your entire mindset. People who meditate are less stressed, healthier, sleep better, and have a more positive outlook on life. Simply put, meditation makes you a happier person! One of the most important elements of meditation is focusing on your practice.
- Create healthy relationships
It’s true that your most important relationship is with yourself, but that doesn’t mean you should allow unhealthy relationships in your life. Surround yourself with people who care about you and think the best of you. Create healthy relationships that bring positivity to your life, and let go of any relationships that aren’t supportive and caring. You won’t just fall in love with yourself – you’ll find your whole life improves.