Learning to love myself is one of the most rewarding processes I have ever undertaken. It is also one of the hardest. It wasn't always easy and it wasn't the most comfortable experience, but it taught me a lot about myself and how I can better extend my love to others. If you are looking to grow, or begin the process of self-acceptance, check out these tips on learning to love yourself.
1. Look in the mirror and say it
You may not believe it at first, but looking in the mirror and saying “I love you” can help you to better connect with yourself and all the reasons you are great. If you don't believe it today, keep trying on a daily basis and eventually the idea of self-love will stick.
2. Experience new things by yourself
Go to a movie. Eat at a restaurant you have never tried. Check out a new coffee shop. The list of activities you can experience by yourself is endless. By doing new things, you become self-sufficient and more aware of the positive activities you enjoy.
3. Eat right and exercise
Maintaining physical health can help you feel better mentally. It will also give you the chance to look inward and assess ways to improve, giving you a new perspective as you shed unneeded habits and possibly pounds.
4. Set goals
Setting one realistic goal you can achieve can help you realize how powerful you really are. It could be as simple as attending one yoga class a week or cooking a new recipe. Either way, make sure the goal is not too extreme and can be measured in some way.
5. Listen to good music and sing loud
Opening your heart with some really good tunes can help beat out stress from your daily life and make you feel a little warmer inside. It's a known fact that certain music can increase your mood and help you experience a sense of well-being.
Taking a step back from your own mind can open you to a whole new world of possibilities and perspectives. Meditation is clinically proven to reduce your heart rate and calm the body. It also opens your heart and mind to the world around you and allows you to connect to a greater consciousness.
7. Meet new people
Talking with a different group of people can help you better understand yourself. It can also teach you about alternative lifestyles while forcing you to step outside of your comfort zone.
8. Connect with old friends from the past
Write a letter to a friend from the past and tell her your favorite memory. Doing this can help you better understand where you came from as your share a positive memory with a friend. By loving others, you can learn to love yourself.
9. Write daily
Writing in a daily journal can provide an opportunity to reflect on the world around you and understand things you might not. It can also help you deal with feeling sad or chronicle a positive life event.
10. Acknowledge your journey
By acknowledging where you come from and accepting where you are, you can acknowledge all the positive things that lie within. This is not something that happens in one day, but rather, a process that takes place throughout one’s lifetime.