If there’s anything that I think people struggle with, it’s loving themselves. Growing up, insecurity runs deep in many. Whether it’s about body image, intelligence, confidence, self esteem, self acceptance – whatever that creates an obstacle blocking you from loving yourself. Maybe it’s because we’re all still trying to figure out who we are – our values, likes and dislikes, who we are and who we want to become.
If I’ve learned anything, it’s that taking care of yourself is the simplest form of self love – anywhere from taking a nap, taking an hour to yourself after a busy day, having a bath, moisturizing, getting a massage, or saying affirmations such as “I am good enough”. All of these things (and more) play a significant role in learning to love yourself.
Surrounding yourself with people you care about is another form of self love. These people should make you feel loved, make you happy and better your life. By removing yourself from toxic relationships, you learn to love yourself, and perhaps, become happier outside of that relationship. With that being said, YOU are the one to make the choices of who you want in your life and who you need as your support people. You do not need to maintain relationships with others that bring you down or do not not enhance your life.
Learning to love and accept yourself is an ongoing journey, that has many ups and downs. Learning to love yourself takes time; it’s loving yourself through growth, life changes and different pathways. We all have to be patient and take the time we need to get to where we need to be. It will not happen overnight.
Be patient and take time to focus on what truly matters – you.