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15 Ways to Practice Self-Love

The cliché saying goes, “In order to truly love others, you must first love yourself.” I’ve heard the importance of self-love preached over and over, but I didn’t understand why I needed it until last year.

*Originally published on my old blog, Style of Change, in 2018.*

Just 13 months ago, my first love and I ended our relationship.  Weeks later, my best friend of five years chose to cut ties with me. I’m not pointing fingers at anyone. I made a lot of mistakes, and I don’t blame either of them for exiting my life. But from my perspective, I lost the two most important people in my life (other than family). I felt devastated and alone. The following months were a blur. I found myself in the darkest place I had ever been.

Fortunately, I managed to save myself. I built myself up from rock bottom. I am living proof that recovery is possible. When I compare my current position to where I was a year ago, I realize that I am a completely new woman. A better, more independent woman—one with ambition, compassion, and grace.

So, how did I make such a drastic change in a short period of time? I found the answer in self-love.

When I felt like no one was there for me, I realized that I had to love myself. In the process, I learned that self-love is reliable. It never left me as long as I continuously practiced it.

Today, I want to share some ways that you can practice self-love, too! If you’re feeling down or going through hard times yourself, self-love will help. No matter the circumstances, there are always ways that you can learn to love yourself a little bit more. Check out my list below for inspiration.

15 ways to practice self-love

  1. Practice gratitude daily.
    Try writing down five things you are thankful for each morning, and remember to never take anything for granted.
  2. Appreciate the simple things in your life.
    You can always find something to smile about. 
  3. Make more time for activities you enjoy.
    Life is too short to do things that don’t make you happy.
  4. Write yourself a love letter.
    It can help to remind yourself how special you are.
  5. Stop comparing yourself to others.
    You are unique, so be the best version of yourself!
  6. Accept your flaws.
    No one is perfect, and that is totally OK.
  7. View your mistakes as lessons rather than failures.
    It’s more productive to learn from your mistakes than beat yourself up over them.
  8. Do something that makes you happy every day.
    Even small things can make a big difference in your happiness.
  9. Let go of feelings that hold you back.
    Why linger on the past when you have an incredible future ahead of you?
  10. Discover new things about yourself.
    As you learn more about yourself, you will find additional paths to happiness.
  11. Care for your body, mind, and soul.
    Your physical and mental health are equally important, so treat them as such.
  12. Allow yourself to dream.
    Miracles can happen when you dream big.
  13. Realize it’s OK to ask for help if you need it.
    You don’t always have to do everything by yourself.
  14. End a toxic relationship.
    Surround yourself with positive influences and notice the difference.
  15. Learn to put self-love first.
    Loving yourself is the key to happiness.

I hope you found this post helpful. If you have comments or want to chat, please feel free to reach out to me.

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