Self-Love 101: Practical Tips on Loving Yourself [Even When it Gets Tough]

by Apoorva Malhotra

Quite often, we tend to neglect the one person who matters the most to us – ourselves. Self-love is important!

We come across several people who give into self-loathing and self-neglect because loving yourself may seem selfish or “too much.” Self-love is not easy, but it is very well worth it!

Truth be told, when you decide to love yourself unconditionally, the world will unlock various opportunities to make you feel special. You will notice a significant improvement at work, in your relationships, in your spare time, and enjoy the future that is to come.

But how does one practice self-love? Here are a few practical tips to get you started:

Learn to Say “No”

Are you a people-pleaser who strings along for anything even when they don’t want to? Well, the road to your self-love may start with “NO”!

Don’t wish to go to that late-night party? Say no. Don’t want to come to work on weekends? Say no.

By saying no, you are setting healthy boundaries and cutting off toxic people. You are making yourself a priority.

Accept Your Flaws

Nobody is perfect. So why should you try relentlessly to achieve it?

Even if you struggle with mental health issues like depression or anxiety, it is essential to accept them as a part of your being. Naturally, that’s not all that defines you, but it definitely is something that you will have to accept.

Transform emotions like guilt, anger, jealousy, sadness, and fear into opportunities to grow as a person.

Form Friendship With Yourself

Sometimes, our enemies are not on the outside but on the inside. Do you often tell yourself things like “I am fat,” “I am unlovable,” or “I am stupid”?

It’s time for you to stop!

Self-love starts by changing our relationship with ourselves. Drown out these noises that pass baseless judgments. It is essential to be loving, considerate, and compassionate with yourself. Become your own best friend and your cheerleader.

Practice Self-Care

Self-care means different things for different people. Would you rather catch up on some sleep rather than staying up late at night video calling your friends? Do it. Want to reschedule a date because you feel overwhelmed? Do it.

For some, self-care comes in the form of art or craft, while others might find decluttering the kitchen or at-home beauty treatments therapeutic. Whatever you do, take it as an opportunity to spend quality time with yourself.

Love Like You Want to be Loved

There is an age-old saying if you don’t love yourself, you cannot love others.

We often yearn for a lover or a partner who will come and sweep us off our feet. We crave a fairytale romance that will change our world. But why don’t you start by being “the one” for yourself?

The idea is simple – like attracts like. The more self-love you will practice, the more you will be loved by those around you.

These are simple and practical ways to love yourself a little more. Rollback the judgment and unleash your self-love to experience the world differently!

Don’t believe us? Even Science agrees that Self-love makes us happier. So go ahead and get loving yourself!

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