One of the greatest struggles in recovery and in life is the struggle to accept and love ourselves, with all our shortcomings and imperfections. This can be extremely tough, but why? Why can’t we just believe the centuries-old wisdom that tells us we are good enough just the way we are? Why can’t we simply open our hearts and let our own love in? Because more often than not we simply don’t believe that we are worthy and lovable. Instead, we believe the negative voice inside our head that whispers messages of self-doubt and focuses on our shortcomings, rather than on our strengths. So what does it mean to love ourselves?
To love yourself means to respect and appreciate yourself as you are and to come to terms with those aspects of yourself that you can’t change – the aspects that make you unique. It means allowing yourself to drop the conditions that you have created to love yourself like, “I will love myself once I…”, and simply choose to embrace the good and the bad, the mistakes and the triumphs.
Loving yourself isn’t a one time thing, but an endless, ongoing process that starts with realizing that it’s not about discovering self-love; it’s about tearing down the walls you’ve built against it.
Below are 6 ways to learn to love yourself more.
1. Focus on the things you like about yourself
2. Make time to do the things you enjoy
3. Let go of mistakes and embrace the past
4. Appreciate your life
5. Get out of your comfort zone
6. Take care of your body
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