Want to learn how to love yourself? Think you can’t? You can — even if you believe you’re too much of a work in progress.
You can do this by learning how to practice healthy self-care a little every day.
Loving yourself is not about looking better than your social media friends or keeping up with the Jones. It’s not about accomplishing great feats or accumulating massive wealth and material things. These are illusions of happiness.
And happiness doesn’t have a timeline. You can’t say, “I’ll be happy with myself when I lose 20 pounds, or when the kids get through school, or when I start earning a decent living.”
Happiness comes from the inside, from showing yourself respect, compassion, and acceptance.
Being happy with yourself and your life is more often about the little things: Small, straightforward actions that you take every day to feel good about yourself and your place in the world.
But when you’re a busy person and your mind is full of all the things you haven’t yet done, you can easily and mistakenly lead yourself to believe that you aren’t enough. You tell yourself that you’re missing out, and instead, you’re overlooking all that you have and the beautiful person you are.
So, how do you learn to appreciate yourself more?
You pay attention. Block out the noise and reconnect with yourself throughout the day, and you’ll notice a lightness in your being and a pep in your step.
Here are 10 simple ways to love yourself a little more and bring joy into your life when you feel inadequate.
1. Set Smaller Goals.
Sometimes you can reach too high too fast, and become discouraged when you don’t meet your goals.