self love

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Self love and self care…it just doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a process and it can be a difficult one at times. I think it’s safe to say that most of us have moments where we feel really great about ourselves. Then there are those moments where we are our own worst critic. We literally pick apart everything we don’t like about ourselves. Loving yourself and taking care of yourself doesn’t mean you’re selfish, it doesn’t make you conceited. It makes you more aware and open, which, in my mind, is so important. When we practice self love and self care, it spills over and allows us to love others fully and completely.

Self love and self care is vital and it takes a lot of practice…at least for me it does. I was having a very “off” week last week and as much as I don’t want to admit this, I spent time beating myself up. I just repeatedly said mean things internally to myself about myself. What can I say, I got caught up in a negative cycle. It happens. There’s no need to punish or berate ourselves for falling into the negativity trap. Last week served as a reminder for me to practice more self love and self care because I was out of balance. I am and will always be, a work in progress. I mean we MUST continue to love the crap out of ourselves in order to give love to others, right? Just like most things in life, we have to do the work.

It’s not what you say to everyone else that determines your life; it’s what you whisper to yourself that has the greatest power. I wanted to share some ways to love yourself, ways to practice more self care.

*Know yourself.
*Don’t be afraid to say no.
*Don’t be afraid to say yes.
*Don’t be a people pleaser.
*Trust your instincts.
*If it feels wrong, don’t do it.
*Say exactly what you mean.
*Don’t compare yourself to others.
*Allow yourself some downtime.
*Never give up on your dreams.
*Never speak bad about yourself.
*Be truly present.
*Know your strengths and use them.
*Treat yourself.
*Be honest with yourself.
*Let yourself off the hook for your mistakes and imperfections.
*Work on forgiving yourself for the bigger stuff.
*Accept that some people won’t like you.
*Make “having fun” a priority.
*Practice gratitude.
*Write down your successes/accomplishments.
*Feel your feelings.
*Take good care of your body.
*Pursue a hobby.
*Stand up for yourself.
*Ask for help when you need it.
*Speak kindly to yourself.
*Surround yourself with people who treat you with kindness and respect.

As always, thank you for taking the time to read. Be kind to yourself and remember, you can’t pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself first.

-Ange

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