Self-love is necessary for a functional and successful life.
As loving and caring creatures by nature, we sometimes (or most of the time) put others’ welfare first before ours. This leads to prioritizing self-care or self-love less.
When you’re not looking after yourself, there are times you’ll feel lonely, lost, and unfulfilled. And even if many people are surrounding you, you might still feel alone and stressed because it seems like something is missing in your life. In the long run, this can bring negative effects to your health like heart and weight issues, as well as poor mental and physical health.
Keep taking time for yourself until you’re you again. If you do this on a regular basis, you’ll learn to love yourself more.
Here are eight intentions to take care of YOU:
1. Prioritize self-care
One effective way to prioritize self-care is to choose yourself. This is not selfishness, but rather a necessity. If you always value and appreciate yourself, you’ll become a happy person. And when you’re a happy person, everything can easily fall into place.
If you feel like you’re doing too much for others and less for yourself, it’s time to do a self-care check. Do this by creating more “me-time” and getting used to it. Every once in a while, treat yourself by buying the things you like (wisely), getting a massage, having a vacation, and doing more of the things you love.
2. Respect your mind and body
Self-love is all about respecting yourself in the aspects of mental, physical, and emotional health. Don’t abuse yourself. Always take things one day at a time, even if you have a lot of deadlines and tasks. Because forcing yourself to do everything at once only damages your mind and body. Instead of becoming more productive, you’ll only have poor quality work.
Be kind and gentle with yourself. You may be strong and have a lot of potential. But if you fail to respect your mind and body, you won’t know that you deserve best.
3. Practice mindfulness
Mindfulness is the state of basic human ability, which deals with being fully aware and present of what we’re doing, and not just being ‘overly reactive’ or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.
There are plenty of easy ways to practice mindfulness daily. But generally speaking, you have to be aware and conscious of your decisions, and not just let emotions lead the way.
When we’re happy, we make promises that sometimes we can’t keep. When we’re sad or mad, we make impulsive decisions that we might regret in the future. And these mostly root from our own emotions.
Learn when to say no and learn when to say yes. You can listen to people’s advice, but the decision is entirely yours. Because you’ll be the one to live with the consequences of your actions, not them.
If you encounter a difficult situation or you get tied up in making a challenging decision, pause for a while, take a deep breath, and think things through. Weigh the options and the outcome first. If your head is still unclear, learn to let go for a while. Take a rest or sleep on it. Once your head is clear, you can now decide accordingly.
4. Forgive yourself
We all put ourselves in embarrassing situations and make not-so-wise decisions at times. That’s okay, all human beings do. Even the most successful people had their rough days. It all boils down to how you forgive yourself.
Learn from your mistakes, but don’t dwell on them too much. Focus on the learnings and experiences, rather than blaming your decisions. This is how you will grow and forgive yourself better.
Also, stop comparing yourself to others. You won’t be able to move on and improve for the best if you keep focusing on what other people are doing. Remember, success comes in different forms and timelines. Yours will soon come if you work hard on it and trust yourself more.
5. Establish long-term plans
Visualizing your long-term goals will give you more motivation to work harder. And every person who works hard, wins.
Each time you accomplish something from your goals, your self-improvement enhances. Short-term goals are the key to quick results so you can experience victory at an early time. But if you want long-lasting results, you should always have ready long-term plans. This will also inspire you to look forward to something.
6. Find your passion
Passion is a bridge that takes you from pain to change.
In life, especially for a person who has a lot of dreams and responsibilities, there are always challenges… More challenges. But if you’re passionate about what you do, the struggles won’t bother you.
Pick a career that you love, do the things you love, and don’t let others dictate your path, so you won’t live every day hating the process just because you didn’t follow your heart. The journey to success is long, but you can make that happen if you let yourself be you and allow your potential to shine.
7. Work on continuous self-improvement
Knowing about people and other stuff is intelligence. But knowing yourself more is true wisdom. Don’t stop learning and growing. Encourage yourself to know more about what you didn’t know in this world. Each time you discover something new, you will feel happy knowing that you’re one step ahead of those people who are not willing to learn.
Personal development is the ‘belief’ that you are worth the time, energy, and effort needed to develop yourself, which will also allow you to love yourself more.
8. Surround yourself with positive people
All the negative talk and energy won’t take you further. These people may also drag you down if you permit them.
Just like the body, you need to let go of the toxic people in your life. Detoxing will remove all the toxins in your system so you can have a healthier mind and body.
For a more fulfilling and challenging journey, encourage people to change for the better. Give them advice, assist them on their personal development journey, invite them to your positive inner circle, or recommend to them these tips.
You’ll feel happy and proud knowing you’re helping others on their self-love and self-improvement journey.
Establish a good self-love routine that your future self will thank you for. Let this video be a constant reminder to always take care of YOU.
All love begins from within. The more you love yourself, the more successful, happy, and healthy you’ll be.
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