How to Practice Self Love and Why it Matters

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  1. Cathy says:

    Oh wow! Such an insightful article! I am solidly guilty of most of the bad things you mention. Jesus said, “Love your neighbor as yourself”. Oh, I figure that means we are expected to love yourself, but, as you implied, not to the point of narcissism. I know a major narcissist; she is so full of herself it’s difficult to be around her. That’s not the kind of love that either you or Jesus expects. I will try to be more realistic. Thank you so much for this article!

    • Kat says:

      Hi Cathy, yes, self love is finding a balance to love yourself, while also loving others. Being too into yourself is detrimental, however being able to love oneself deeply is vital for building self worth and having self compassion. I hope this article helps you nurture your own love for yourself ~kat

  2. Kathy says:

    Self love is something I’ve had problems with in the past. I love the acceptance exercise as it’s a great way to detach from unwanted thoughts. The idea of seeing your thoughts float upwards into the clouds is wonderful. I’m certainly going to try that technique! You’re so right about not allowing other’s opinions about yourself to shape the way you see things. Thank you for such an inspiring post 🙂

  3. eric says:

    Many people might think self-love is selfish, but I agree with you. Loving yourself is very important if you can’t love yourself, then loving others isn’t going to come easy. I have always been my number one fan. No one else is going to come and hype me up; I have to do it myself. It makes my body want to be better and healthy because of the love I give it.

  4. Mohammad says:

    This is really a great article in times where so many people don’t love themselves anymore. Or even worst, they listen to other’s bad opinions or talks about them.

    We need to stop the negative thinking and start to accept who we are and what we can do and improve them! instead of blaming ourselves on things we don’t have control over.

    Learning how to accept ourselves is so important and I am glad you mentioned all this in your article. Self-love is important and I hope people learn that from your amazing article.

  5. Christine says:

    This is a beautiful post. I read through it and re-read certain things that stuck with me.
    I accept my body the way it is and I’m happy with it and over the years I have given much importance to self love. Nonetheless, I am very tough on myself when I make mistakes… I still need to work on that.
    I also have terrible neighbors who have shown me unprovoked aggression, who have slandered me and who then accused me of having “issues” because I stood up to a member of that family, a guy who tried to bully me … I realize that this is a reflection of something going in their lives or minds, but your question stuck with me … What is it about me that triggers this behavior? Any thoughts? It’s an uncomfortable situation. I’m growing trees and vines near and on my fence for more privacy, maybe that helps a little …

    • Kat says:

      Hi Christine, thanks for sharing your experience with self love. When it comes to aggressive people, it’s usually something about themselves that they are projecting. Their experience up to this point reflects how they conduct themselves based on how they think internally. Aggressive people think what they’re doing is okay by blaming others, however their behaviour isn’t acceptable and being assertive is the only way to manage them. As to what is it from yourself, this means what are you feeling when they are aggressive towards you, where does your response come from within your own experience up to this point, do you react or are you proactive in response to them? Do you remain calm with them, or is it triggering anxiety for you? When you can reflect on your own responses, this can help you not feel as anxious when they are around and can have greater presence simply by being you, knowing yourself and come from a place of self love, have confidence in your choices and not reacting to their bullying. By remembering they are the ones with the problem in this case, then you can be empathic while standing your ground and know that what you’re doing is okay and there’s nothing wrong with your choices. They are toxic and unfortunately they’re not in a place to change themselves or show respect towards you. All the best ~kat

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