The Art of Self-Love

Practicing self-love can feel like an uphill battle, especially with things like social media showcasing only the highlight reels of people’s lives. However, it’s important to appreciate everything you’ve accomplished on your journey so far, whether that’s health-wise or just life-wise. 

Self-love isn’t about being narcissistic or self-absorbed; it’s about recognizing your worth while embracing your flaws. It’s about prioritizing your well-being, mentally, emotionally and physically. 

Honestly, I’m writing this blog post for me as much as I am for others. I definitely struggle with self-love, but here are a few common pieces of advice/reminders I’ve found:

  1. Practice Self-Compassion: We’re often our harshest critics, but it’s important to remember that nobody is perfect. Treat yourself with the same kindness, love and forgiveness that you would to a friend. You wouldn’t yell at your friend and not support them for slipping up and not working out all the days they were supposed to, so why would you do that to yourself? Mistakes and failures are a part of life – learn from them and move on.
  2. Cultivate Self-Acceptance: Embrace your uniqueness and celebrate your individuality. Instead of fixating on your “weaknesses,” focus on your strengths. Accept yourself exactly as you are, imperfections and all, and remember that you are worthy of love and belonging just by being yourself. 
  3. Set Boundaries: Learning to say no and putting yourself first is a big part of self-love. It’s totally OK to turn down invitations that aren’t your vibe or leave you feeling drained. (I struggle the absolute most with this one. I am a certified people pleaser, but I’m working on it!) Similarly, only surround yourself with people who lift you up and support you.
  4. Practice Gratitude: Cultivate a daily practice of gratitude to shift your focus from what’s lacking to what’s abundant in your life. Reflect on the things you’re thankful for, whether it’s your family and friends, a new recipe, a good book, your cat, or even just the simple pleasures in life like that first sip of coffee.
  5. Nourish Your Body and Mind: Focus on things that make you feel good inside and out. Regular exercise, healthy (but still yummy) eating, enough sleep and prioritizing activities that bring you joy are perfect ways to achieve this. Self-care isn’t selfish; it’s an essential investment in your overall well-being.

Remember, self-love is a journey, not a destination. Be patient and compassionate with yourself as you navigate life’s ups and downs. Celebrate your progress, no matter how small, and always remember that you are deserving of happiness and fulfillment. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, show yourself the love you’d show others!


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2 thoughts on “The Art of Self-Love

  1. What a perfect message for today. I sometimes need reminding of just how important this is in our journey. THANKS…I needed this. Happy Valentines Day to you!

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