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Article of the Week

I want to take this opportunity to discuss self-love as Valentine’s Day is approaching us. This is generally the time we devote to show others love.  However, it’s a good time to pause and examine our own heart.  If we have issues with our heart then we will see issues in our life.  Those issues could be not having good relationships with others, anger issues, and being absorbed by life’s problems.  Some of the characteristics of love is being patient, kind, and keeping no record of wrong’s.  How many of us are patient with ourselves, speak loving words to ourselves and forgive ourselves easily when we mess up?

In order to love another effectively we have to have a healthy relationship with our self.   If self-love is not present then self-loathing symptoms of depression, anxiety, addictions, heighten sensitivity to criticism, social difficulties, inability to make good decisions, and internal anger at one’s self will show up.  These symptoms hinder someone from experiencing mental wellness and satisfaction with life.  Some advantages of loving one’s self include partaking in healthy behaviors, worry less, enjoyment of life more, trusting self and others, and better decision making ability.

Truly loving one’s self means accepting our strengths, weaknesses, and flaws.  We all have things that we are good at and can share with the world.  Everyone falls short of perfection and in turn we have weaknesses and flaws.  We can start a ripple effect of love by loving ourselves and then loving others on a deeper level.  Can you imagine how better this world would be if we all do this? Here are ten tips for expressing self-love to get you started participating in the ripple effect.

  • Appreciate yourself for who you are.
  • Accept that you do not have to be perfect.
  • Identify self-defeating thoughts and replace with positive self-talk.
  • Manage the stress in your life effectively.
  • Forgive yourself and another person for something that you have been holding on to.
  • Perform some self-care activities that will make you feel good about yourself.
  • Support yourself in reaching your goals without doubt.
  • Write a list of ten good qualities that you possess.
  • Set a date with yourself to do a fun activity.
  • Heal from past hurts that you have been holding on to.
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