The Art of Self-Love (Tips to Mastering the Art of Self-Love)

Have you ever wondered why some people are happy even if they are facing many issues? With all the problems that we experience in our lives, how do people manage to stay positive? You could have tried different methods, but one thing that people tend to forget is Self-Love. 

What is self-love? Self-Love means having a high regard for your own happiness and well-being. It is a state of appreciation for oneself that grows from actions that support our spiritual, psychological, and physical growth. It means taking care of your needs and not sacrificing your well-being just to please others. It also means prioritizing yourself and not settling for something less than you deserve.

People associate the word Self-Love with greed or being selfish because as humans, we are taught to prioritize other people first. Although it is true that we should care of other people, do not forget about yourself while in the process of taking care of others.

But why is self-love important? Self-love affects the quality of your relationship, your time, your work, and so on. It influences who you pick as your partner, how you cope with your problems, how you make decisions, and even the image you project yourself at work.

We collected our Top 10 tips on how you can stop the negative cycle and start loving yourself.

1. Remind yourself of your worth.

Begin the day with self-affirmations. It will help you keep motivated throughout the day. You can also just start by telling something positive about yourself. How you look lovely, how smart you are, anything that will make you smile. Create a list of self-affirmations and read this aloud every morning. You can also put positive notes on your vanity so you can read them while you are getting ready for the day.

2. Stop comparing yourself to other people

It is normal for people to compare themselves to other people. By nature, we humans are very competitive. We always want to be on top or be better than other people. But comparing yourself can be dangerous. This will result in low self-esteem. Remind yourself that there’s no point in comparing yourself to other people. We are all born different and there is no one else like you. The only person you can compare yourself to is yourself. Focus on yourself and your journey, spend your time and energy in building your own path.

3. Let Go of Toxic People

“ You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” - a quote from Jim Rohn.  The people you spend the most time with, shapes who you are. Their actions, attitudes greatly affect your behavior. Do they inspire you or do they bring you down? Do not be afraid to cut the ties. Step away from the people who make you feel anything less amazing than who you are. It will be hard to cut the ties, but this will be most liberating, and the best thing you can do for yourself even though it will be painful.

4. Forgive Yourself

Nobody is perfect - remind yourself that. Whenever we make a mistake, we tend to overthink and become hard on ourselves.  Do not punish yourself by looking back at what you’ve done. Remember that mistakes are part of growing. Forgive yourself, learn from it, and move forward. After all, you did not fail if you have learned something that has helped you grow into a better you.

5. Practice Gratitude

Find something to be grateful for each day - the fact that you have work, the good weather, that you have food to eat, anything that you are thankful for. There are days that you will feel down which is normal, on these days, remember at least one thing that you are grateful for. It will give your perspective, happiness, and shift your mind and energy around what’s going on.

6. Practice Good Self-Care

Exercise, eat healthily, get proper sleep, pamper yourself, and interact socially. When you take care of your needs, you’ll feel the best version of yourself. This can boost your energy and give you the confidence to carry throughout your day. People high in self-love tend to be more positive and happier than most people.

7. Live intentionally

Living life without purpose is like going through a circle, you keep going without a destination. Your purpose doesn’t have to be precise. It could be that you want to live happier and healthier. If you know that this is your goal, you will start eating healthier food, doing exercises, and doing things that will make you happy - you will start focusing your decision based on your goal. You will love yourself more if you see yourself accomplishing the things that you are set to do.

8. Learn something new

Try learning something new. Step outside of your comfort zone and do something you have never done before. It might be scary, but adding a new skill will boost your self-esteem. It feels incredible when you achieve something you thought you will never be able to do. Do things that will make you feel alive. After all, you have the right to live an awesome life.

9. Learn how to say No

We were taught to put other people first however, it shouldn’t be the case. There’s a time and place for this. Sometimes, we do too much for other people because we like to please them, we commit to everything we can. But if doing this costs your mental and emotional well-being, learn how to say no. Focus on yourself.

10. Trust yourself.

We often doubt ourselves. We don’t know if we are making the right decision or we have the skills or ability to move forward. We might be scared or doubtful, but that is okay - your feelings are valid. But remember, that your heart knows what is best for you. You just have to trust yourself. You know yourself better than anyone else, be your best advocate.

Self-love does not happen overnight. Be patient with yourself. Start working with these tips, and with time, it will show its way to your heart. Remember the more you love yourself, the happier and content you will be.

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