Self-love is a struggle for so many people, a fact that doesn’t make it any easier. Even if self-love seems like it should be an easy concept, it’s not for everyone. There are so many external factors that interfere with our ability to accept ourselves, and we can’t change all of them at once.
Self-love shouldn’t be a struggle, but it can be hard to encourage ourselves sometimes. That’s why it’s important to be aware of the ways to help yourself, too. Negativity can make it harder to see the good in yourself, but it doesn’t have to be the only thing you focus on. Instead of trying to eliminate all negative thoughts, which is nearly impossible, focus on the things you do like.
Explore the positive and make yourself feel even better with these 5 positive affirmations (or positive reminders, if you will) for self-love.
“I love and accept myself as I am.”
Body image is a serious issue that many people struggle with. It can be especially challenging for those who have been bullied about their shape or size in the past. It’s important to remember that everyone is different, and no one can change how they were born. Instead of focusing on what you look like, try to think of all of the amazing things that you have achieved and how far you have come.
Name your positive qualities so you can focus on them instead of the negative aspects of yourself. Accept that you aren’t perfect and that you don’t have to be. You can love yourself and still try to make changes where you need to.
“I love and accept my body.”
It is important to love and accept your body for who it is, flaws and all. We all have different body shapes and sizes, and there is no right or wrong way to look. Negative self-talk, shaming, and comparing ourselves to others will only lead to disappointment, frustration, and weight gain. Sure, it can be tough to love our bodies when they don’t look the way we want them to or when they’re hurting, but we can fight against these negative thoughts with positive self-talk.
When we start thinking positively about our bodies, it transfers over to how we treat them. Loving our bodies will make it easier to stick to healthy eating habits and exercise regimes, and ultimately help us achieve our fitness goals. Remember: You are perfect just the way you are!
“I love and accept my personality.”
Self-love is a constant journey. You probably have to work on it every day, not just one specific day. It’s important to remember that you aren’t supposed to love yourself the way others love you. Instead of trying to change who you are, focus on the positives. Keep growing and learning and making changes where you need to. Remember that loving yourself, your body or your personality is a process, not an event.
When you feel like you aren’t getting better at it quickly enough, remember that it takes time and effort. Don’t expect yourself to be perfect, but try to push yourself a little bit more each day.
“I am not perfect and that’s okay.”
It’s okay that we’re not perfect. It means that we’re constantly learning and growing. We can’t be afraid to make mistakes, because that’s how we learn and improve. We need to be willing to risk trying new things because if we don’t, we’ll never discover anything new. And that’s why it’s important to have a sense of curiosity about the world around us.
It’s okay to be imperfect. Remember, you’ll always have the opportunity to learn from your mistakes and improve as a result.
“I am still learning and growing.”
There is no stopping learning and growing as long as we are alive. We constantly evolve and change as we experience new things in life. Our beliefs, thoughts, and actions are constantly shaping who we are, and what we become. The more we learn, the more we can grow.
Learning doesn’t have to stop when school is out- there are plenty of opportunities to learn outside of formal education settings, too. There are plenty of resources available online and in person, so there is no excuse not to keep growing and learning. The more we learn, the more opportunities we have to become the people we want to be.
The more we learn and grow, the more our life becomes fulfilling and meaningful. As we continue to learn and grow, our life becomes more purposeful and satisfying. So, remember – you’re still learning and growing. Life is a process, not a principle or a problem to be solved.
Self-love is one of the most important things we can do for our own mental and physical health. It’s not easy to achieve, but it’s definitely worth it. Try to repeat these positive affirmations every day for at least two weeks and watch your outlook on yourself change!