The Importance Of Self-love and How to Cultivate It

What does it really mean to love and care for yourself?

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Here are four ways to build self-love:

1. Practice self-compassion.

Self-compassion means that you view yourself with an empathetic heart, even more so when faced with hardship.

2. Practice self-care.

The act of self-care isn’t always natural, and it’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day hustle and bustle. Finding time for ourselves can be a challenge in the beginning. But as a self-care routine is established, you may find that you look forward to it. I feel this way about certain meditations that enhance the quality of my life but take time. The key is to stick with it.

3. Act authentically. Be yourself.

Everything about you is unique and the world needs your special gifts and talents. Resist the temptation to blend in and know that there is great power in simply being yourself. Give yourself permission to experience life authentically, without any pretense or expectations.

4. Don’t resist emotions.

Understand that feelings are natural and can indicate whether something is beneficial or potentially harmful. If you feel irritated or triggered, investigate where the feeling came from and observe how it makes you feel. Angry? Sad? Annoyed? Then understand that, while feelings can be a valid compass in life, they are not “who we are”, and often fade with time, distraction, or rest.

Feel. Listen. Breathe.

Remember that we all have insecurities and make mistakes as we learn about the world around us. The key is to continue to grow and nurture yourself. We are in this together.

A freelance writer with a background in animal behavior, journalism, mysticism, philosophy, & psychology. https://aurorae.substack Writing website coming soon!

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