The month of February is usually focused on love and most of us automatically think of love in a romantic sense. Which is only natural but there is one love that must be achieved before any other kind of love can reach its full potential.
That love is SELF LOVE.
Loving yourself sounds like a no brainer but for some people it is not an easy task. If you have never been encouraged to love yourself or if you’ve never had people show you love just because you exist or because you are important to them, then it’s hard to understand self-love.
Loving yourself means not accepting less than you deserve in any situation or relationship. It means saying no to things and people that don’t have your best interest at heart.
Loving yourself first and foremost is the ultimate meaning of self-love. Putting yourself first is not being selfish it’s one of the highest forms of self-love.
Here are a few steps to help you practice a little or hopefully a lot of self-love:
Focus on being someone who loves! When you give love or show love it comes back to you. You attract what you put out.
Act on what you need rather than what you want! Turn away from things that get you in trouble or keep you stuck in the past. That includes people & things. Make sure your needs are met before your wants.
Practice good self-care! Take care of your temple. When you put in the work you feel better about you.
Challenge negative thoughts about yourself! – You are not perfect but guess what, no one is. Try not to entertain or internalize negative thoughts. Easier said than done. When negative thoughts come, push them out with something positive.
Set boundaries & Protect yourself! – This includes people and activities. But also make sure you are bringing the right people into your life.
Forgive yourself! – Don’t carry the guilt of the past. You learned the lesson, take heed and move on Martha, move on!
Live intentionally! – Live life with purpose and feel good about that purpose.
I hope that we all practice self-love EVERYDAY! How do you practice self-love?
Beewisdom- “Self-love, self-respect, self-worth: There’s a reason they all start with ‘self.’ You can’t find them in anyone else.” ~Unknown