You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love & affection.
Loving yourself means accepting yourself as you are, to have unconditional self acceptance, respect for yourself and also to create a positive self-image.
It doesn’t mean to become proud, over-confident, arrogant, egoistic or to thinking that you are better than anyone else. Instead, it means to have a positive attitude and healthy regard that you are a worthy human being.
There is a very beautiful statement by Beyonce Knowles “If everything was perfect, you would never learn and you would never grow”. We all have certain strengths and weakness and it is important to remind ourselves that nothing is perfect which will help us to work on them and also to improve ourselves. Appreciation comes when one need to discover what makes us unique and exceptional, and also to further develop those talents. We have a responsibility to ourselves to do so.
Sitting around and waiting for others approval won’t work. One should work on accepting yourself. You are the only “you” that you have. It is in your best interests to be the best you can be.
Until you love yourself, you will not be able to love anyone else. You can only love another to the degree that you do yourself.
How do you love yourself?
You do so by investing in and working on your personal growth and development. You work on being the best you. Understanding that you are human, and acknowledging that you have the talent to rise above whatever conditions and hardships are put in your path.
Loving yourself means to make an effort to take care of yourself physically, mentally and emotionally. You take care to look and feel your best by nurturing your body, mind and spirit.
Conversely, if you don’t love yourself enough, start taking care of your body, mind, and spirit. You will not only become more self-aware, you will generate feelings of worth and accomplishment.
You take care of your body by eating well, exercising and getting plenty of rest. Books can help you gain knowledge of what types of food and exercise are good for you and your particular body type.
Your mind needs nourishment and exercise too. Don’t take it for granted. Stimulate it by learning about new and interesting things. Keeping your mind active helps prevent certain old age diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. Keeping the neural connections of your mind active helps maintain memory and brain functions at optimum levels.
If you take care of your mind and body but neglect your spirit, you will lack balance and feel that something is missing in your life. Taking care of your spirit rejuvenates you, and helps you deal with the daily stresses and challenges of everyday life.
When you love yourself, you invest in your personal growth and development. You endeavor to be the best that you can be, and you strive to achieve your potential.