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Day 11 of Losing Weight with Love

By now, you should have a fairly good idea of what self-love is and why it’s important. You know that confidence and self-awareness are essential components of loving yourself. What you might be wondering is how to start practicing self-love on a regular basis so that you can begin to internalize new ways of thinking. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to cultivate self-love on a regular basis. Take a look.

Focus on the Here and Now

Too often, we find ourselves looking at the past with longing or waiting for someday. It’s hard to love yourself and your life when you don’t appreciate what you have in the moment. Centering yourself on the present, being mindful, and practicing gratitude are quick ways to cultivate an appreciation for what you have right now. We often think that the things that have happened in our past still affect us. But the truth is, only your current thoughts about the past can affect you. The past is over.

Work on Your Goals

Setting goals that reflect your values will help you to feel you’re living a life of purpose. You’ll know you’re taking real steps toward growing as a person when you’re regularly doing things that will bring you closer to your desires. Proactively using your time rather than just absent-mindedly going with the flow and putting out fires is quite empowering. One of my favorite coaching sessions to do with my clients is the before and after process. We talk about where you are now and what’s working and what’s not working. Then we work on where you want to be and who you want to be. And we get you started on the path to getting there. If you’d like to do a before and after session you can sign up here.

Take Care of Yourself

It can be hard to take time for yourself in this busy world full of obligations. This is especially true when you’ve gotten in the habit of putting yourself last on the list. To experience true self-love, you need to start giving yourself higher priority. You can do this by eating well, exercising, taking time for a hobby, pampering yourself, or any other activity that focuses on your wellbeing. Sometimes self-care includes self-discipline. Exercising, committing to the schedule you set for yourself, and following a nutrition plan are not always fun but are a necessary part of being accountable to your own goals.

Forgive Yourself

Most of all, you must learn to forgive yourself to truly love yourself. We all make mistakes. It’s a part of the human condition. Some of those mistakes will be serious and life altering. Allowing yourself understanding and care regarding those things will show you that you’re still worthy despite your faults. This is a crucial lesson on the road to embracing self-love. You give others mercy and compassion and you have to remember to practice this on yourself as well.

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