Self-love is taking the responsibility for your mental, physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. It is about appreciating yourself for whatever you are; it is about being your own well-wisher; it is also about loving others if you are able to share that love; it about knowing what makes you happy. Most importantly, it is about knowing to take care of yourself. This self-love should be differentiated from extreme narcissism in which the person sees another person just as a tool. Self-love is not about respecting and loving yourself only but also respecting another individual and their personal boundaries.
Some of the ways in which you can love yourself are:-
Appreciate yourself: Whatever is the shape and size of your nose or the color of your hair, appreciate all that. Remind yourself of the bright aspects of you.
Work on your self-esteem: Develop your self-esteem by doing useful things such as enrolling yourself in a yoga class, taking up the classes of a course that you have been wishing to take, eating a healthy snack.
Try to stay positive: Look at the positive aspects of your life, laugh a lot and enjoy a walk in nature.
Positive self-talk: Say positive things to yourself while talking with yourself such as being patient with your mistakes and even use words of endearment.
Take out time for yourself and do little things for yourself.
Maintain healthy boundaries with toxic people.
Self-love is something that cannot be cultivated in a day. It is a continuous process and requires patience.
- Kriti Malhotra