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Love Yourself

Self care and wellness are central topics in many social circles, especially considering the major change we all experienced during the pandemic. When it comes to taking care of yourself, it all comes down to showing love not just to those around you but to yourself. Understanding how to love yourself varies from person to person, and it won’t look the same for everyone, but taking a few simple steps will point you in the right direction to caring for yourself more deeply. Loving yourself is one of the hardest things to grapple with and take control over, as so much of our lives seem to be lived for other people. Whether it’s our family, friends, or our job, the society we live in doesn’t leave a lot of space for us to take care of and love ourselves. The same way that we need to make time to do the things we enjoy doing, we also need to make time and space in our lives to practice self care and strengthen the love we have for ourselves. Keep reading for a few helpful tips to get you started discovering how to love yourself!

Get To Know Your Body and Mind

Loving yourself starts by getting to know your body, mind and what each of those things needs to feel healthy and supported. This could mean a few things. For example, diet plays a big role in how we feel overall, so if you know that you feel better with certain fruits or vegetables being regular parts of your diet, that’s a great way to get started prioritizing your body. When it comes to mental needs, everyone is different! For some, spending quality time alone to unwind and de stress might be the best thing for you to prioritize. Others might need regular social interaction to feel that they are meeting their own needs. Whatever your needs are, identify them and start prioritizing the time you spend satisfying those needs. We are taught to believe this isn’t important, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Limit Social Media

This advice is often met with eye rolls, and that’s because social media is an addictive agent in our society. It can be great for communicating with friends, family and for entertainment, but when we use it too much it can offset our serotonin and dopamine levels. Additionally, many find that when we engage with social media we tend to compare ourselves and lives to others that appear to be living more fulfilling lives than we are. Not only is this unhealthy, but it’s extremely unhelpful for our growth as individuals. How can we move forward and grow as people if we’re constantly comparing ourselves to others? Limit your social media usage and remember that your uniqueness is what makes you special, and no one else has the same uniqueness as you!

Be Honest About Your Strengths and Weaknesses

When it comes to our strengths and weaknesses, it’s important to be honest with ourselves about what those are. We all have unique strengths that others might not have, and not only is it ok to recognize those strengths but it can help build up our self worth and make us realize what we have to offer to ourselves and others in our lives. Similarly, being aware of ones weaknesses can help us learn how to overcome them. Without recognition, our weaknesses and shortcomings can overtake us and control the way we live our lives. Empower yourself to know your strengths and weaknesses so you can live a more fulfilling and confident life!

Get Yourself a Present Every Day

This is one of the best pieces of advice for building ourselves up everyday. Not only should you practice positive thinking, but giving yourself a small gift everyday can help reestablish your internal value to yourself. You deserve that treat, no matter how productive you’ve been or what you’ve done with your day. When we live so much of our daily lives for other people, it should be a celebrated practice to take time aside and get yourself a coffee, read a book or enjoy a nice view during your day.

Developing and maintaining self love is a daily practice, and something that won’t get solved with one thing. Start by determining what your core needs are as a person, and then prioritize time throughout your week to engage with those things. Maybe it’s exercise, reading a book or taking part in a hobby, but whatever it is make sure you take time for those things and do it unapologetically. Remember, you deserve to treat yourself well, and it will only empower you to feel more confident in yourself each day that you discover how to love yourself. Good luck, and enjoy the journey!

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