On Valentine’s Day there’s always talk about love and romantic relationships but what about the relationship with yourself. Self-love is a major part of self-care. The language we use towards ourselves is very important. Negative self-talk can be very damaging to your self-esteem. Many times we don’t even realize that we’re doing it. We’ve become so accustomed to criticizing ourselves that it’s become second nature. We truly can be our own worst critics. You wouldn’t like being criticized or ridiculed by someone else so why do that to yourself?
How many times have you looked in the mirror and instead of saying how great you look, you notice all the flaws? Sure we all have things about ourselves that we’d like to change but you have to love yourself right where you are. As a blogger I’ve created content and then looked back only pointing out all the things wrong with it and what I’d like to do differently. Not realizing that that is negative self-talk. So instead I started complimenting myself on all the things I like. For example “Good job and finishing that article” or “I’m grateful that I was able to have an amazing photo shoot”.
Having an attitude of gratitude changes your perspective from a negative to a positive. Even if there are things you’d like to change about yourself try being grateful for what you already have. Sometimes it might just being grateful for a willingness to want to improve. Congratulate yourself for desiring to make positive changes in your life.
If you want to lose weight love your body now, don’t wait until you lose the weight to start loving yourself. For years I struggled with adult acne but I had to learn to love the skin I have no matter how it looks. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to make improvements but love you through each stage of the process.
One of my favorite scriptures that I frequently speak over myself is Psalm 139:14 “I am fearfully and wonderfully made”. God created you in His image, which means you are lacking nothing. Love the beautiful human being that you are right now! So as we celebrate love today, celebrate by also loving yourself more.