7 Ways to Boost Self-Love in 2018
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While it is easy to get sucked into the bustle of daily life and lose sight of yourself and the bigger picture, the start of the year is a good time to reflect on what you want out of your life in 2018.
Loving yourself is more difficult than you could possibly imagine, more so because you end up being critical of yourself. However, more and more research seems to suggest that loving yourself is the first step to a healthy relationship with your environment and those around you. While it is easy to get sucked into the bustle of daily life and lose sight of yourself and the bigger picture, the start of the year is a good time to reflect on what you want out of your life in 2018 and how you can go from strength to strength in the days to come. Self-love is not easy, but the better we feel about ourselves, the more willing we are to give others around us a chance.
Here are 6 ways to boost self-love in 2018.
Nourishment is not just about eating the right kind of food. Make it a goal this year to sleep on time, spend time exercising, eat well and stay hydrated. Chances are that if you are at the top of your game when it comes to health, you are likely to feel better about everything else in life. So love yourself enough to practise some serious self-care.
TRY SOME EMOTIONAL FREEDOM TECHNIQUE (EFT)
Everyone can do with some healing—emotional and otherwise. EFT has gained popularity in recent times because of its healing powers. When you implement this technique, you are supposed to tap a targeted part of your body while reading a mantra or the like. A mantra like “Even though I (insert your problem), I deeply and completely love and accept myself” will help release the anxiety and negativity trapped in your body. This technique hence focuses on making your emotional and physical body whole again.
BE YOUR BEST SUPPORTER
The truth is that if you don’t stand up for yourself no one else will. While no one is perfect, if you learn to listen to your inner voice, reflect on the problems at hand, and stop being overly critical of yourself, you will find the emotions flow and with the right kind of self-encouragement you can move mountains.
ACCEPT WHO YOU ARE
This is tougher than it sounds as we are constantly comparing ourselves with those around us and coming up short. A perfect way to boost self-love is by acknowledging who we are—complete with our shortcomings. Don’t try and change who you are in order to fit in a certain image or to feel secure about yourself. There are certain traits that make you unique, and you should love, value, and accept that with grace.
This year, love yourself a little by giving your emotions the space they need to blossom. Yes, there will be days when you feel like crawling into a hole or find yourself frustrated and anxious beyond belief, but know that these emotions are a normal part of life, and you should not love yourself less just because you fell short of your own (often warped) ideals.
If you look around you, you will realise that there is so much to be grateful for. While you may not have achieved some fantastic goal you set for yourself and maybe beating yourself up over it, you are likely to be in a better position than millions of others who are less fortunate, both financially and otherwise. Be grateful for what you have, your good health, and your loved ones. When you are grateful, you open the door for greater acceptance of your current situation and find yourself feeling in control and at peace.
Don’t judge yourself too harshly as that is the first step to self-destruction. We all make mistakes, but forgiving yourself for those past mistakes takes a fair bit of courage and self-love. By connecting with that part of you and forgiving yourself (no matter how small or big the mistake was) you are giving yourself a chance to move forward and make a fresh start, something that’s crucial on a journey of self-love and discovery.