Learn to Love Yourself

October 28, 2011

You are probably telling yourself right now that you already do love yourself.  In a way, that is probably true.  It isn’t just a mantra, but a matter of survival both physically and emotionally.  You feed and nurture your body to maintain your physical health, and you associate with friends and family in Alabama and elsewhere to maintain your emotional health.

But that is really only skimming the surface.  You can go through the motions of playing a game of tennis, and not really get into the game.  Even though you continue to return the ball over the net, it does not mean that you are really enjoying yourself.

The saying goes that “love makes the world go round.”  But really it all starts with you.  You cannot fully love someone else unless you love yourself completely first.  You have to treat yourself well, and remember that you are unique.  It is important to explore your own thoughts, feelings, and emotional needs before addressing those of other people.  For example, are you happy with the way you feel physically?  Do you like the way you look in your own eyes?  If you aren’t happy, why aren’t you?  You have to find these answers and address the issues you have with yourself.

If you don’t like the way you look, change a couple of things.  Perhaps you could style your hair different, or find some wardrobe changes that you like.  But the main thing is to remember that you look good no matter what.  Not everyone can have the perfect body, the perfect smile, and the perfect hair.  Each human being has flaws.  It is a given fact of life.  When you find your own flaws, notice them.  Sometimes a change is not necessary.  It simply takes noticing that you are human and getting comfortable in your own skin.

If you are the type of person that sees the worst in situations and events, perhaps you should change your way of thinking.  Write down the positive aspects in situations, and get used to those thoughts.  In this way, you are able to take a more positive look at life in general, as well as being more positive about yourself.  You have to remember to be kind to yourself in evaluating your life.  Although things may not be perfect for you, as long as you love yourself the rest will fall into place.

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