Jul 19, 2018

Practicing Self-Love

by Meagan Randall

In today's society it isn't uncommon for us to try to meet the status quo, there are so many societal standards. Due to our upbringing and surroundings atmosphere we strive to be what society expects of us. But in doing so, how much of our true selves do we end up sacrificing? I'd like to hit on the topic of self-love and acceptance.

Self-love and acceptance is the state of appreciation and compassion for oneself; it is quieting the inner critic that we have become accustomed to in our day to day lives. In practicing self-love we are able to be aware of the strengths and weaknesses, and can find satisfaction within despite any past errors or mistakes. With this knowledge, we are able to grow and in confidence, acceptance, and love; not just for ourselves, but for others as well.

Here are a few ways to practice in self-love and appreciation.

  • Treat yourself and as you would treat your loved ones.

- Would you talk to your friend or loved one in the same manner you speak to yourself?

  • Forgive Yourself.
    • Allow understanding of an action.
    • What did you need at the time, what need was being fulfilled.
  • Set boundaries.
    • Learn when to say no. It's OK to say no to things that may deplete you.
  • Respect your emotions.
    • Surrender to your emotions, feel them, move through them. Don't hold onto them.
  • Stop comparing yourself to others.
    • We all grow and learn in our own time and space.
    • We all have different talents and abilities.
    • You are where you need to be.
  • Let go of those toxic people in your life.
    • You deserve to be treated well. Make yourself a priority.

By practicing these few things on a daily basis you will find yourself on a journey towards the self- love, appreciation, forgiveness, and positivity you deserve in your life.