Love is a powerful emotion. It can be expressed in many ways, but one of the most powerful is self-love.

Self-love is a term that has been thrown around a lot lately and it has been seen as something that should be encouraged. However, there are many people who struggle with self-love because they don't know how to show themselves love or they don't believe in themselves.

It's important to know how to take care of yourself because it will make you feel better about yourself and will also help you take care of others around you. Many people suffer from anxiety, depression, stress, and anger as well as feelings of guilt, shame, and inadequacy. The major cause of these feelings is a lack of loving action towards oneself.

Loving actions fall into two categories: Loving actions for yourself and loving actions in relationship to others.

Loving actions for yourself

  • Being appreciative and grateful for yourself, your life and experiences

  • Choosing to be compassionate with yourself rather than judgmental

  • Eating nutritious foods, avoiding junk food and sugar

  • Keeping your work and home environments clean and organized.

  • Getting enough sleep

  • Creating a balance between work and play. Making sure you have time to get your work done, as well as time to rest

  • Creating a good support system of people who love and care about you

  • Creating a balance between time for yourself and time with others

  • Speak to yourself: “I am worth the effort"

  • "I deserve to be happy"

  • "I deserve to be supported"

  • "I deserve physical touch"

  • "I deserve to feel loved and cared for"

  • "I deserve to feel safe and secure in this world"

Love cannot remain by itself - it has no meaning. Love has to be put into action and that action is service.

by Mother Teresa

 

Loving actions for others

  • Helping someone else who is in need and not expecting anything in return. Don’t be an Indian giver so to speak

  • Support and give a friend good advice when being asked for it

  • Be honest and truthful towards your friendships

  • Give an ear or shoulder to a friend without judgment or ulterior motives

  • Taking personal responsibility for your own feelings and needs, instead of being a victim and making others responsible for your feelings and needs

  • Creating a balance between giving and receiving, rather than a one-way street with another person.

In taking good care and balance to love yourself and others, you will strengthen your relationships while developing core values that will serve you for a lifetime.

Love Yourself,