Learn How to Self-love
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If you can recall a time when someone close to you attacked your self-esteem and ridiculed your dreams…or if you now often find yourself putting others first, or giving up something you truly want to do…or if you have ever felt terrible about the way that you look and wish you could change it…then this post is for you. You see, when it comes to learning how to love yourself, we are in fact talking about Self-love. And Self-love is an action; one that starts with YOU.
Why is Self-Love Important?
When you love yourself, your life is more satisfying and you are better at loving others. Self-love means trusting yourself and treating yourself with respect, kindness, and compassion. It is not selfish or narcissistic to love yourself. On the contrary, it is a necessity to be able to love others authentically.
Self-love helps you live happier, healthier, and more productive in every aspect of your life because it provides a sense of well-being, satisfaction, and confidence. It can improve your relationships, the way you raise your children, and the way you accomplish your work.
It allows you to see who you truly are — a unique person with an important purpose — so that you can overcome the challenges that stand in the way of achieving success in all areas of life.
It gives you clarity of mind to make good decisions that propel you forward instead of keeping you stuck in habits that keep bringing disappointment over and over again.
Learn How to Self-Love
You’ve probably heard the cliché saying that “the first step to overcoming a problem is admitting that you have one.” Well, one of the first steps to learning how to self-love is kind of similar – it is becoming aware of yourself.
It can be difficult to love ourselves when we don’t even know who we are. What kind of music do you like? What do you enjoy doing? How do you feel about things? It might sound easy, but many of us seem unsure about these things.
If you want to know how to self-love, take some time out of your day and ask yourself these questions, and write down your answers. Be honest with yourself – if writing or drawing isn’t your thing, then try something else.
Try not to worry too much about what other people will think. If you feel like having a cupcake, then go ahead and have it! If you want to dance around in your room while listening to cheesy pop songs at full volume, who cares?
Self-love is an ongoing process. It’s something that we need to practice every day.
It can be hard to feel self-love when you’re feeling down, but there are a few things you can do to help yourself out of this funk.
Talk To Yourself As If You Were Talking To A Friend
We often have a tendency to talk negatively to ourselves. We may be harsh, we may tell ourselves that we aren’t good enough or that we aren’t worthy of happiness and love.
Instead, try talking to yourself like you would talk to a friend who is feeling down. Talk kindly, remind them of all the amazing things they have done in their life, and all the amazing things they still have ahead of them.
Say No To Others
Sometimes practicing self-love isn’t just about speaking kindly to ourselves when we are feeling certain emotions. It can also be about taking care of ourselves when others are around. Set boundaries. Make time for yourself. It is okay to tell people “no” if you think that you need to. Love yourself enough to make the right decision for you, not for anyone else.
The first step to self-love is accepting help. It can be a struggle to take the first step and reach out, but doing so is necessary for your own growth.
If you are ready for a fresh start, reach out and contact us about how we may be able to help. We are here to help you on this journey to find out how to self-love. We can teach you and guide you along the way.
Mona Gupta, DO
Gupta Psychiatry + Wellness