This post contains some of the best acts of self love to help you become your best self.
What Is Self Love?
Self-love is a state of self-acceptance and self-compassion.
To practice self-love is to respect and treat yourself with kindness.
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Self Love Vs Selfishness
Selfishness is about thinking of oneself and meeting your own needs without thinking of others or being considerate to their needs.
Self-love, on the other hand, is about caring for yourself and meeting your own needs while also being considerate of others.
Selfishness is “me only”, while self-love is “me too”.
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Self Love Vs Self Care
Self-love and self-care are strongly related.
But more specifically, self-love focuses on feelings (how you feel about yourself), while self-care focuses on actions (how you treat yourself).
In this sense, self-care can be self-love in action.
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Top 5 Acts of Self Love
#1. Social Media Detox
Many people compare themselves to others and end up feeling worse after scrolling through Facebook or Instagram.
Take a look at the list of social media account you follow and ask yourself the following questions for each account:
How do I feel after being on this social media account? Empowered? Inadequate? Dissatisfied?
Consider adjusting your feeds or Unfollowing accounts that don’t empower you.
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#2. Find Self-Compassion
Self-compassion is about extending the same kindness we would offer others to ourselves.
Self-compassion also requires acknowledging past mistakes and hurt without judgment.
Self-compassion allows us to work through our difficult emotions.
To practice self-compassion think about what you would tell a friend in the same situation, dealing with the same difficult feelings. Say it to yourself!
Related: Self-Compassion Quiz (+FREE Self-Compassion Resources)
#3. Adopt A More Confident Body Language
Studies show that adopting an upright posture can improve self-esteem and increase positive mood. (*)
Try standing up straight, take a deep breath, and make sure your feet are solidly on the floor. Notice how you feel.
Related: How Confident Am I Quiz (+Best 13 Practical Tools To Feel More Confident)
#4. Counter Self-Doubt
Self-doubt is one of the main factors that keep us stuck.
Self-doubt may sound like, “What if I fail?” or, “What if they don’t like me?” or, “What if I don’t get the job?”
To counter this, write down self-doubt thoughts you often have and try to respond with the opposite of your doubt.
Example: What if I lose à What if I win?
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#5. Use Affirmations to Reinforce Self-Love
Mantras and affirmations are a great way to reinforce new positive beliefs.
The following are some examples. Choose the ones that resonate with you and add ones of your own:
- I allow myself to feel all my emotions, even uncomfortable ones.
- I am doing the best that I can, and that is good enough.
- I am worthy.
- I can make mistakes. They are a normal part of the learning process.
- I pay attention to my body and its needs.
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At first, practicing self-love may feel like work or even self-indulgent at times.
However, with daily practice, self-love becomes second nature.