It’s true, self-love is the best love and has many definitions. Self-love can be defined as having a high regard for your well-being and happiness. That could mean taking care of your own needs and not sacrificing your well-being to please others. Or it could be not settling for less than what you deserve. I think it’s very important that everyone practices self-love because you can’t love anyone else if you don’t love yourself. Self-love is extremely important because when we love ourselves more we instantly change our perspective of the world. It can give us a more positive attitude towards life.
Another important benefit is better mental health. Ways you can find your self-love is to become mindful; act on what you need rather than what you want, practice excellent self-care, set boundaries for yourself, protect and forgive yourself, and live intentionally. Healthy self-love is having self-esteem. Self-esteem is shaped by your thoughts, relationships, and experiences. When you have high self-esteem, you feel better about yourself and see yourself as deserving of the respect of others. When you have low self-esteem, you put little value on your opinions and ideas. Here are five ways to practice self-love:
Create a self-love ritual: It can be as simple as taking an hour or two to be alone to just pamper yourself with something you love doing. Treating yourself to a massage or getting your nails done once a month can be a fun ritual to start.
No comparisons: Don’t compare yourself to others. You’re perfect the way you are.
Do something you’re good at: If this isn’t the ultimate self-esteem booster, I don’t know what is! Participating in a hobby you’re good at will not only boost your endorphins (group of hormones within the brain that have different functions) but it will bring out the best version of you.
Find your happy place: Think of a place that makes it simple to just be. That means being able to sit quietly and embrace the here and now and not thinking about anything other than yourself. Self-love is all about connecting with yourself, and one of the easiest places to do that is your happy place.
Build your “letting go muscle”: We’re constantly holding onto things in our past, and it can tend to weigh heavy on our souls and even give us low self-esteem. The more blocks we clear, the more we can live big in the area of self-love.
Practice self-love now! You deserve the stress reliever. Good luck!
By Journey Powell-MCcord, Freshman, Dyett Arts Highschool