We often overlook the things we can’t easily measure progress with and unfortunately self-love falls within this category. As with any other goal there will be good days. The ones where you feel confident and happy in your own skin. But, there will also be bad days, when you want to sit in your sweatpants with messy hair and drown your sorrows in a pint of Ben & Jerry’s.
No journey is linear. Regardless of the goal you set, there will be ups and down. The important thing is to keep practicing the habits that will help you make progress. No matter how small that progress may seem.
Companies and society have been benefitting from our insecurities for years. We fear natural process such as ageing (getting wrinkles and grey hair) because we are constantly told that we should buy products to avoid it. Despite the fact that there is no such thing as perfection we constantly criticise ourselves and buy into products which cover up our uniqueness (which some people may refer to as flaws).
Life is too short to be spent trying to live up to societies expectations. So the following are a few practices which can help you continually make progress with self-love:
- Stop comparing yourself to others
- Lines on your stomach aren’t going to create eternal happiness
- Be kind to yourself
- People are going to think what they want of you, regardless of what you say or do. So don’t bother yourself with what others think
- Practice speaking to yourself in the way you would speak to those you love.
Just some food for thought