1. Stop comparing yourself to others.
You are uniquely you for a reason….God makes no mistakes. Remember this truth everyday.
2. Find your beauty.
Look at yourself in the mirror without judgment. Shift your experience to one of love, and take note of the things you like, even if it’s as seemingly insignificant as thinking your ears are cute, or noticing the beauty of a birthmark.
3. Indulge…without guilt!
Have a piece of your favorite, rich dark chocolate (or whatever you LOVE, but are currently depriving yourself of). Take a moment to yourself, without distraction, to really fully enjoy the taste. Don’t look at the calorie count.
4. Compliment another woman.
Too often, womens’ insecurities lead to jealousy of one another. Instead, be a leader and choose to lift your fellow females up. Encourage each other and build confidence together. If you think your co-worker looks fabulous in that shade of blue she’s wearing today, let her know. Chances are, spreading love in this way will help you love yourself.
5. Stand for something.
Giving back feels good, and benefits others as well as ourselves. If you love animals, maybe consider switching to a vegetarian diet, or if you’re able, fostering/adopting a pet. Another great option is looking into volunteer opportunities; Foodshare and Rebuilding Together are fantastic organizations that help the hungry and people with at-risk homes, respectively. Simply giving up a Saturday morning to volunteer your time will touch many, and likely inspire you, too. It helps us put life into perspective, and be grateful for all we have, rather than focusing on what we lack.
What do you do to love yourself? I look forward to your feedback!