Self-love is such an important aspect of life that is easily overlooked.
If you can’t love yourself and accept yourself for who you are, it’s impossible to let other people love you and recognize you for all that you’re worth.
Self-love is easier said than done. It’s a complex process with many layers, and the first part of the process is being comfortable enough with yourself to open up and be honest with yourself so you can get over the hump.
How To Love Yourself In 2015
1. Challenge yourself to be your best “you”
As we all know, the beginning of a new year is a time for hopes, dreams, resolutions, and commitments. Sometimes these things work, and sometimes they are just a dream that fades away after a couple of weeks.
Challenge yourself to be the best you that you can in 2015. Write down everything you want to work on to become your absolute best. This is not a simple task, but it will be well worth it.
2. Challenge your bad habits with love.
Self-love starts with breaking old patterns, especially unwanted ones. Think of the New Year as a clean slate: if you want to be the best you can be, then you have to ditch the old patterns and start forming new ones.
Commit to yourself to stop smoking or stop eating bad food—whatever it is, you have to make a conscious effort every single day to start being healthy for yourself and your body.
When you feel an urge to give in to a bad habit, tell yourself, “I love you, and you deserve better.” Introduce love first, and keep that at the core.
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3. Wherever you are, have confidence.
Have more confidence in yourself. Wherever you are, wherever you’re going, walk like you own the place, hold your head high, and flash those pearly whites at anyone who glances your way.
Don’t let your head get too big, but by all means assert yourself, take action, and have some confidence in yourself.
4. Be kind to yourself.
Being good to yourself is something that everyone should do, but it is often forgotten in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Being kind to yourself makes you a happier person and it makes every day a better day.
People these days are so hard on themselves, telling themselves to be smarter, skinnier, or make more money. While everyone should have goals, you should never beat yourself up about something, especially when society puts so much pressure on us already.
5. Get over the past.
Take a moment to yourself and think about everything that happened to you in 2014 and just let go.
Release yourself from those worries, free yourself to be the best person that you can be, and start living in the present. Take a deep breath at the end of this year and get ready for 2015. Embrace self-love. It’s time to be the best “you” you can be.
Sarah Karges created the #30DaysSelfLove movement, which is profoundly changing the lives of people worldwide by challenging them to record a video each day saying, “I love you” to themselves. Within a year the movement has evolved into an online community with a mobile app and book being released soon. Follow the movement on YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
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