If you’ve ever wondered what self-love is, or even wanted to know how to practice it, this article will answer your questions. You’ll learn what self-love is, how it differs from narcissism and other personality traits that can make us feel bad about ourselves, and how to practice self-love in a healthy way that makes us feel better about who we are.
What is self-love?
Self-love is an important part of self-esteem and self-acceptance. When you don’t love yourself, it can be easier to fall into negative thought patterns like “I’m not good enough,” which in turn can lead to depression, anxiety and other mental health issues.
When you practice self-love on a daily basis, you’re able to give yourself the care and attention that you otherwise wouldn’t pay attention to. You’ll also notice things about yourself with which you may not have been too pleased before—like your sense of humour or your ability at math—and now celebrate those traits because they make YOU unique rather than comparing them with someone else’s strengths or weaknesses.
How to practice self-love?
Self-love is an essential element of a happy and fulfilling life. It’s not selfish to love yourself, it’s actually necessary for your mental health.
Self-love isn’t about being egotistical or self-absorbed; it simply means acknowledging and accepting all parts of yourself. Your flaws and imperfections, as well as the things you like about yourself. When you practice self-love, you learn to treat yourself with respect and kindness — in other words, like how you would treat someone else who matters to them (like a friend or family member).
The best way to begin practicing self-love is by learning how to be kinder towards yourself than anyone else has been before. The following are some ways that can help:
- Practice gratitude –
- Practice mindfulness –
- Practice self compassion –
- Practice self care –
- Practice self acceptance –
- Practice forgiveness
In what ways does self-love relate to self-esteem, self-compassion, and narcissism?
Self-love is not the same thing as self-esteem. Self-esteem is about how you perceive yourself, whereas self-love is about how you feel about yourself. Your perceptions of yourself can be based on past experiences and influence your feelings toward yourself at any given moment. Your feelings for yourself may also be influenced by past experiences and other factors, but it’s important to note that seeing your perception of who you are in a negative light doesn’t affect whether or not those things are true about yourself. For example: You may have an inaccurate idea of what makes someone attractive or successful, which affects how we perceive ourselves (i.e., if I believe being thin will make me more likeable). However, this skewed perception doesn’t mean that being either attractive or successful is unattainable for us; it just means that our current understanding of these concepts needs some work!
Self-love is an awareness of one’s own most cherished qualities.
Self-love is an awareness of one’s own most cherished qualities. It’s not selfishness or conceitedness; it’s not narcissism, either. It has nothing to do with the projection of a false self into the world, trying to become something you’re not in order to get others’ approval or attention. It does have everything to do with being true to yourself and honoring what makes your heart sing—not just when you’re alone or even when no one else knows about it but also out loud and proud in front of other people who may reject what they see as weird or different from themselves.
Self-love starts as an inner journey where we explore our own feelings and emotions, our experiences, thoughts and memories—and then it naturally grows outward toward others through healthy relationships (including friendships) that are based on mutual respect rather than manipulation through deceitful tactics like flattery that seek only personal gain at someone else’s expense without regard for their true needs/wants/value system.”
The more you practice self-love, the more opportunities you’ll have to grow and thrive. And that means being kinder to yourself—and thus others. When you practice self-love, it’s easier for others to see how great you are too!