Loving yourself isn’t always easy. You probably hear the phrase “you must love yourself before you can love others all the time”. But loving yourself means you have to come face to face with every part of you. Not just physically, but mentally, and emotionally as well. Becoming one with everything that embodies you as a person. This isn’t an easy process, and for some can take years of recognizing their own self-worth, to be comfortable with who they are.

Many people suffer from not being able to realize that there is only one you. There are billions of people in the world, but you are special. It’s hard sometimes to feel special or even wanted. You must know that you are never alone when you feel like this. The first step to loving yourself is being able to forgive yourself. It’s hard knowing that you are prone to make mistakes. Knowing that you can’t live life in a perfect bubble.

Understanding that everyone makes mistakes in life, this may be within your relationships, financial status, personal decisions, etc… Mistakes should act as a reminder of how we should, and shouldn’t continue to act. Every mistake is a lesson in disguise. It’s hard not to look at your mistakes as a negative reflection of your character. But knowing it’s never too late to turn your mistake into a positive experience. Remembering this can help you forgive yourself. We are all human, and we are never going to be perfect. But we can channel a negative, and turn it into a positive all by forgiving ourselves, and maintaining a positive outlook on life.

The second step is putting yourself first. It’s hard to think about yourself first in every situation. It’s always an easier option to help someone else face their own challenges. This may be due to the realization that something may be wrong in your life, and now you have to come face to face with the problem. You must reevaluate exactly what it means to put yourself first. This doesn’t always have to be a negative thing. Practice engaging in what interests you, and what are your ambitions in life. This will steer your mindset into a positive, and uplifting atmosphere. You can always help someone else, but knowing that you are on the right path to your own happiness will come in handy when you are trying to give someone else positive advice.

One of the most important steps when it comes to loving yourself is remembering to say I love you. I know it may sound weird telling yourself you love yourself, it may even seem vain. However, it is not. You need a constant reminder to embrace who you are. Try speaking to yourself in the mirror every morning, and tell yourself this. “I love you, you are strong, and today is going to be a good day.” By doing this you are showing yourself daily doses of well-deserved appreciation.

Putting yourself first, isn’t easy especially if you’re a prone giver. But ensuring that your well-being is grounded will guarantee positive results when it comes to helping people around you. You must first love yourself mentally, and physically, this can be accomplished by giving yourself motivating goals in order to assure the best results when it comes to your own happiness.

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