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