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The Art of Self-Love

4 Powerful Tips To Change Your Life

We could all use a little more positive psychology in our lives — focusing our minds on “what’s right” versus negative self-talk. But that’s often easier said than done and, as we all know, there’s no doctor’s prescription for self-love.

Marcus Aurelius tells us the following:

"May you live in complete well-being. One has in one's soul the power to do this, as long as one treats the indifferent with indifference. He will attain it if he considers each of the indifferent things dismembered and whole, and if he remembers that they do not inspire us with an opinion of themselves, nor come to us; on the contrary, they are immovable, and our creature is the judgment of them."

We’ve outlined some simple strategies to help get you started on your path to better self-love.

Avoid social comparison

This one's a biggie: For all that we love double-tapping on our friends' Instagram photos or coming up with clever tweets, frequent social media use can result in festering resentment and the breeding of negative emotions. If you find yourself experiencing depression or decreased self-esteem while scrolling through your feed, put your phone down immediately. Instead, try to redirect some of that energy into something positive that involves focusing on your own goals and interests. Being conscious of how much social media is affecting you on a day-to-day basis is pivotal to increasing your self-love. So, be kind to yourself and limit the amount of time you spend staring at your phone.

Engage in self-care activities

We know — it can be a bit of a slog trying to kickstart healthy new routines, especially when you're feeling down or going through an intense bout of negative self-talk. But engaging in activities that allow you to recharge both physically and emotionally will go a long way toward improving your self-love. Eat nutritious foods, get enough sleep, drink plenty of water and incorporate at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity into your daily routine and we guarantee you'll notice a marked difference in your attitude.

Express gratitude

While I talk about how much I love talking in the mirror, you don't necessarily have to stand in front of a mirror or close your eyes and say the word 30 times to express gratitude. One way to express gratitude is to say "thank you" - to other people or to yourself. Thank a friend for supporting you, thank a taxi driver for taking you somewhere, thank the cashier at the supermarket who works 12 hours, thank yourself for improving all the time.

Daily positive affirmations

Positive thoughts and words have been very helpful in increasing my self-love, especially during very difficult times. You can make up your own short sentences or find ones online that resonate with the way you want to love yourself more. Say them out loud to yourself every day or hang them in a place where you will see them every day.

"When you wake up in the morning, think what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love."


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