You may have heard the advice, “love yourself” or heard that “self-love is important.” While it sounds straight forward, you may wonder, WHY is it important?
For one, loving yourself is the first step to healing. If you’ve found yourself in a tough spot and are wondering how you will ever get out of it, manifesting self-love into your life is a great first step. Self-love can also lead to more love and a healthy foundation in your relationships with other people!
Loving yourself unconditionally is easier said than done. In this new age of social media, it can be so easy to criticize yourself and compare yourself to others. It can also lead us to resent our past decisions. This can cause an emotional unbalance within ourselves, and also affect our relationships with other people. But you have the power to manifest self-love and acceptance for yourself, starting with these 7 steps:
1. Practice "Self-Care"
Self-care is one of the easiest ways you can manifest self-love. Self-care can mean many things; wearing a face mask and watching a movie, getting out in nature, or even just getting a good night's sleep. The bottom line is, self-care involves doing something that you love. By practicing good self-care, you are taking care of your mind, body, and spirit.
2. Practice "I am Affirmations"
Affirmations are a way to practice positive thinking and are a great way to start manifesting self-love into your life. By using “I am” in front of your affirmations, you are manifesting what you are, who you want to be, and what you want to achieve in life. Practicing “I am” affirmations daily will change the way you see yourself, and cause positive beliefs and emotions to take hold.
Examples of “I Am” Affirmations:
I am strong.
I am worthy of love.
I have the power to bring harmony to my life.
I am grateful for those who love me.
I am a beautiful person.
I am working hard to forgive myself.
I am confident.
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3. Visualize What You Want
Visualizing what you truly want in life is one way to gain a sense of clarity for yourself. Ask yourself questions like “Who do I want to be?” , “What do I want to accomplish?”, and “Where do I see myself?” These questions will give you insight into what is important to you in the bigger picture. You will be able to see yourself more clearly, and everything you still get to accomplish and look forward to. This will create a more positive sense of self.
4. Give Love to Others
This might seem unrelated to SELF-love, but giving love to others is a great way to improve your self-esteem.
Loving others is a great way to express important emotions, such as forgiveness, gratitude, and empathy.
This can mean a variety of things, whether it be volunteering for an organization you care about, offering advice to a friend, or even forgiving someone who has hurt you in the past. Although it can be hard sometimes, accepting and loving people can make you feel at peace as well as strengthen relationships with others.
5. Wear Gemstones
Gemstones can be a great way to bring positive energy into your life, and different gemstones bring different energies. Moonstone and Rose Quartz are both powerful gemstones you can wear to help manifest self-love.
Moonstone brings feminine energy, important for balancing and soothing your emotions, while Rose Quartz has healing properties that help with love, acceptance, and forgiveness of yourself.
Everlur has created a beautiful bracelet with both these gemstones, meant to help attract love and forgiveness into your life. You can check out this bracelet and others like it here.
6. Forgive Yourself
While it’s important to forgive others, forgiving yourself is equally important for manifesting self-love. Many times we ask ourselves why we said something, or why we acted a certain way, or how we messed up.
It’s important to let go of these thoughts and forgive ourselves and remember: everything happens for a reason. Mistakes help us grow, and make us stronger. Let go of these negative emotions, and allow positive affirmations and energies instead.