We often hear, “You have to love yourself.” But many of us don’t really know what that means.
So what does loving yourself really entail?
1. It means self-care – caring for mind/body and soul.
2. It means loving yourself enough to invest in your own education, growth, and evolution.
3. It means deeply listening to and acting on the desires of your heart.
4. It means taking good care of your body, feeding yourself nourishing foods, and cultivating a positive mindset.
5. It means cultivating relationships that nourish your well-being.
6. It means developing and utilizing your gifts, strengths, and talents.
7. Most of all, it means learning to be gentle and compassionate with yourself, because after all, you’re only human.
When I loved myself enough, I began leaving whatever wasn’t healthy. This meant people, jobs, my own beliefs and habits – anything that kept me small. My judgment called it disloyal. Now I see it as self-loving.
― Kim McMillen, When I Loved Myself Enough
I am my own biggest critic. Before anyone else has criticized me, I have already criticized myself. But for the rest of my life, I am going to be with me and I don’t want to spend my life with someone who is always critical. So I am going to stop being my own critic. It’s high time that I accept all the great things about me.
― C. JoyBell C.
I feel keeping a promise to yourself is a direct reflection of the love you have for yourself. I used to make promises to myself and find them easy to break. Today, I love myself enough to not only make a promise to myself, but I love myself enough to keep that promise.
― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free
I am worth taking good care of. I’m all I’ve got.