(HealthyAccess)- “Love yourself!” People say that as if it’s easy, but it can take a lot of time and work to build up self-love. Still, working to improve the relationship with oneself is a worthwhile effort and can help people live happier, healthier lives. After all, it takes healthy individuals to create healthy relationships.
Wondering how to get started on improving your relationship with yourself? Here are seven tips to start moving in the right direction.
Make Time for You
The only person who someone will spend their entire life with is themselves, but it’s easy to forget to make “me time” a priority. Something as simple as sitting alone, sipping a latte for five minutes can do wonders if that’s all someone can fit into their day. But, it would be even better to seek out prolonged solo activities and enjoy one’s own company for a little while.
Seeking joy and choosing to laugh lots, especially when life seems to be beating you down, can lift the spirit and boost feelings of optimism. When there’s nothing else to do, choose to find the humor in life’s circumstances and share activities with people that bring joy.
Do Mirror Work
Whenever someone looks in the mirror, many criticizing thoughts may run through their mind. What do you say to yourself? What we say and think about ourselves impacts self-esteem. Mirror work turns that concept into a positive. Mirror work promotes the idea that whenever someone looks at themselves in the mirror, they should unintentionally say positive things, such as, “I love and accept you.” With this mantra, people can build themselves up.
Fortify Your Temple
Eating right, sleeping well, exercising regularly, and pursuing spirituality can help people feel good and improve their relationship with themselves. It’s important for us to make sure we’re tending to our basic needs on a regular basis, including eating for health rather than taste, maintaining a regular sleep schedule, staying active, and doing things that nurture the soul.
Meditation helps achieve peace of mind, even if only for a few moments. That sense of peace can be key to recharging, especially on tough days. When people take time to meditate, they give themselves the opportunity to be completely present and centered within their bodies, in their present circumstances.
Seek to understand your inner world and internal processes. Intentionally knowing our thoughts and feelings in a given moment can be key to recognizing negativity or hopelessness. This also gives us an opportunity to rework our thoughts towards positivity and to be solution-focused. It can help to make mindful check-ins part of the daily routine.
Carrying grudges puts a heavy burden on the soul. By choosing forgiveness, people give themselves the freedom of letting go of heavy negativity. This applies to forgiving others, but it’s also important to practice self-forgiveness. People are allowed to make mistakes and deserve to give themselves a break.
Everyone has the ability to improve their relationship with themselves, to build up self-love and self-esteem. These tips are just a handful of ways that people can create and improve their self-love habits.
~Here’s to a Happier, Healthier Life!
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