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5 WAYS TO PRACTICE SELF-LOVE

Monday, 6 February 2017


There will always be people who won't like you, who will invariably find fault with you, and who will never let you be happy. Why should you be one of those people? We're all hard on ourselves, but there's absolutely no reason to be. Someone will always try to bring you down, you should be the one to lift your head above it all.

We all need to learn to love who we are, and put ourselves first once in a while. At the end of the day, you are you're longest commitment. So here are 5 ways to help you start loving yourself!





#1 Compliment Yourself


How often do we stand in front of the mirror and point out everything we hate about ourselves? We notice how odd our noses look, how flabby our stomachs are and how our thighs could be so much smaller. I know I'm guilty of this. Instead of pointing out everything we dislike about ourselves, we need to focus on what's great about ourselves. So take two minutes in the morning, stand in front of the mirror and list three things you love about yourself. It doesn't have to be about the way you look, it could be about how we'll you handled a difficult situation at work the day before, but just telling yourself three little things you love about yourself in the morning will start getting you to love yourself inside and out, and will be a mood-boosting way to set yourself up for a great day.





#2 Date Yourself


Who says that current, or potential, significant others should be the ones to date you and treat you to all the things you deserve? Buy yourself some flowers, take yourself to dinner or stay in and treat yourself to your favourite food, cuddle up on the sofa with your top TV show or film and pour yourself a glass of whatever floats your boat. Do what you love, for you. You date someone you love to get to know them better and spend some quality time with them, so why not do that with yourself? After all, you're guaranteed a perfect evening (you know your likes and dislikes, and won't end up dragging yourself to some dive bar...unless you're into that sort of thing, in which case go for it). Take the time to relax and just enjoy your own company.



#3 Move


Dance, hit the gym, go for a walk... just move that beautiful body of yours. Not only will exercising give you a chance to really focus on yourself and show you just how strong and amazing your body is, but it will release endorphins - your body's feel-good chemicals, making you feel happier and increasing your sense of well-being and self-esteem. Keep doing exercise on the regular, and you'll be well on your way to loving the skin you're in. This isn't about losing weight or toning up (although feel free to do so if that's a particular goal of yours), it's about learning to love and respect yourself and your body, and making you feel good about it in the process.




#4 End all toxic relationships


You're trying hard to love yourself, so having someone constantly bringing you down and not supporting you isn't going to help with that. If they don't see the best in you and support you in everything you do, they're not worth your time. Anyone who makes you feel any less than wonderful doesn't deserve to have a relationship with you, be it a friendship or otherwise, so fill your life with people who recognise and appreciate your worth, and ditch all those who don't make the grade. You are a wonderful and unique person, and everyone close to you should be able to understand and notice that, and want to remind you of it every single day.



#5 Meditate


Now I'm not saying you have to sit for hours on end until some profound philosophical thought occurs to you that will change the course of your life forever, but just sit and take some time to clear your mind and focus solely on you. So turn off the TV, ditch the phone for ten minutes and just sit and relax. Get rid of the day's stresses, and breathe. Inhale positivity, exhale negativity, and repeat this mantra to yourself: I am strong, I am loved, I am enough. Just ten minutes a day of quiet reflection will help you slow down, unwind and start focusing on yourself.




It's time we recognised our own worth and started being kinder to ourselves, and hopefully these 5 tips will help you start practising some self-love. Hope you enjoyed the post, and let me know one thing you love about yourself in the comments! Let's spread the love...

"Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is you-er than you."
- Dr. Seuss

23 comments on "5 WAYS TO PRACTICE SELF-LOVE"
  1. These are all such good ideas! I got rid of some toxic relationships a few years back and my entire existence immediately felt much lighter! Learning to meditate has been on my to-do list for YEARS, but mostly I just hit up the gym or cook something special instead. Gotta get on this meditation train!

    xx
    Emily
    emilyhallock.blogspot.com

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    1. Hey Emily. Hitting the gym is one of my main ones too, I'm a proper little gym bunny! Thanks for the love!xx

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  2. This post is so helpful I really need to be a lot better with myself when it comes to self love this post really made me think about how I can better myself 💖

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  3. Very true words! Lovely post!!

    Holly x
    www.ldnmuse.com

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  4. Love this! I do believe a lot more people need to understand its okay to treat yourself- that they are worth it. Keep doing what you're doing its great! Love Leigh | Www.imsophialeigh.wordpress.com xx

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    1. Couldn't agree more! Thanks so much for the lovely comment Leigh!xx

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  5. I love all of these! I'm on step four right now. I've realized how much I cater to toxic people and how much control I let them have over my emotions. It's not healthy, and I'm so much better without them. Fab post, girl!

    Breanna Catharina
    toocuteforlife.com

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    1. Thanks Breanna! Life is soooo much better without toxic people bringing you down, you do you, girl!xx

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  6. This is just what I needed today, thank you so much! X

    Dion
    diondiane.co.uk

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    1. You're very welcome, glad I could help!xx

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  7. THIS IS SO IMPORTANT. I love this post!! I'm a big advocate of dating yourself, it's a really great way to look after yourself especially after rubbish days. Wonderful post, I wish I could shout the whole thing from the rooftops!

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    1. Thank you! Whenever I have a rubbish day, my top priority is to treat myself when I get home. P.s. feel free to shout from any rooftop you like 😂 xx

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  8. LOVE the Dr Seuss quote at the end! Also, number 2 is really important. I think a lot of people these days feel the need to be with others all the time, like if you have a night on your own it means you're a loner and have no friends. I really like your point that you know what you like and don't like so you're guaranteed a good time, so true!

    http://elgray6.wixsite.com/themindofabadger

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    1. Exactly, can't be disappointed if you're the one treating yourself! And I totally agree, there's nothing wrong with spending time on your own. Thanks for the comment!xx

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  9. I've tried meditating. Didn't really work for me. But I have found that yoga does. I think it's because I'm such a kinetic energy type person. Great post though!

    Curlprince.com

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    1. Thank you! I absolutely love yoga, I try to squeeze in a session when I can!xx

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  10. This is beautiful :) so true too you are no.1 person to look after!

    Vanessa xxx
    therealnessonline.com

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    1. Thanks Vanessa! Totally agree, you should be your top priority!xx

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  11. Okay so I've begun one of these steps ~ removing toxic people, and you know this already :') Still working on the other 4 that you recommend but getting there <3 we can do this, we are fabulous *inserts gif of cow with hair flowing in the wind*.

    Lovely post, and lovely photos, thanks for sharing all of your advice xx

    sophieannetaylor.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. My fave gif 😂 you are getting there indeed, you got this. Thank you hun!xxx

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  12. I'm happy to admit that I do 90% of these, and the only one I really need to work on is to compliment myself. I put myself down way too much and it's so frustrating! Hopefully in future I can say that I overcame this and began to truly love myself.

    Lizzie Bee // hello lizzie bee

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