Learning to Love Yourself
Your relationship with yourself is not all that different from your relationship with other people. In fact, what kind of relationship you have with yourself will influence your existing relationships with others.
One of the most important things you can do in life is have a loving relationship with yourself, like any relationship, relationships take work on an ongoing basis. Even if you do feel you love yourself, never take yourself for granted, maintain that loving relationship with self. If you don’t feel you love yourself, it’s about time to focus on perhaps one of the most important things you can do.
The first steps to loving yourself, are getting to know yourself, and accepting yourself. That doesn’t just mean focusing on the parts of yourself you like, it means facing your demons. It means getting honest with yourself about the parts of yourself you don’t like and accepting those too. Just because you accept parts of yourself and love them, doesn’t mean you can’t work toward changing them, in fact, we often cannot change what we cannot fully acknowledge and accept. Acceptance doesn’t mean condoning current harmful behaviors toward yourself and others that you might have, it simply means acknowledging they are a facet of who you are now as a whole person who is deserving of love.
It gets easier, with practice, like anything else. Where do you begin to love yourself… start with a hello, strike up a conversation with yourself, don’t be afraid to talk to yourself, don’t be afraid to listen… and it doesn’t hurt if you take yourself out to dinner and a movie or buy yourself flowers now and then…
Article | Leila Raven
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