Can I Learn To Love Myself?5 Tips To Help You Love Yourself More


“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.”

Thich Nhat Hanh

This quote is so true. 

In this day of shaming – body or otherwise -on social media, it is no wonder people have a hard time accepting themselves for who they are – themselves. 

Self-love has so many emotional, physical and mental health benefits to it, that it should not be ignored. And you have to love yourself before you can effectively love others. 

Here are 5 Things You Can Do To Learn To Love Yourself More.

Move more

Sitting stagnates our body.

Have you ever sat in fort of the TV? I always have a feeling that the television makes me want to sit and relax and eat junk food mindlessly!

The result? Weight gain.

Gaining weight can make you lose your self-esteem and degrade the perception you have of yourself.

The solution is to get up and move!  Don't allow yourself to just be sitting down.  If your job demands it, get up and move at least 5 minutes out of each hour.

Trust me, your body will thank you for moving more!

Practice good nutrition

Have you heard the saying “You are what you eat.”?

This is so true.  And you have the choice to go eat junk food which obviously is high in salt, sugar, and saturated fat or to eat clean. 

Eating clean will not only provide your body with the nutrients it needs.  It will also help you stay fuller longer,  reducing the urge to eat unhealthy snacks between meals. 

Focus eating fresh fruits and vegetables, fish, lean meats, whole grains, nuts and seeds to get the nutrition your body wants and needs.

Improve your sleep quality

Being sleep deprived (for whatever reason) takes its toll on the body because that is the time the body uses to rebuild, repair and replenish itself. If you don’t give it adequate time to do these things, you start the next day at a reduced level of productivity.

If stress is keeping you from getting a good night sleep, take action to reduce it. If the cause is environmental, then make changes to your mattress, bedding, room temperature, amount of light coming in, or whatever it is that is keeping you from getting at least 7 to 8 hours of quality sleep.

Make time for you

Sometimes we get so busy taking care of others, that we forget to take care of ourselves. 

Engage in activities that are relaxing to you. Many people like to do yoga followed by a relaxing warm bath sprinkled with a few drops of their favorite essential oil, like lavender. Add in some soft music and a glass of wine and you have a recipe for relaxation.

Forgive yourself

This one is holding many of us back. There is something that we have done in our past that we are still holding against ourselves whether it was our fault or not. The only way to get past it is to forgive yourself and put it behind you. Otherwise the negative feelings will haunt you forever and hold you back.

The past can never be changed, so it is fruitless to dwell on it. Learn from those mistakes so that you don’t do it again in the future, but then don’t let them hold you back from living a quality life. Forget about it and move on!

Use these 5 tips to increase your self-acceptance and to love yourself more.  Be beautiful both on the inside and outside!