On a breezy summer evening, a group of friends sat across from each other in a cafe discussing their dreams for the future and present challenges. In the ebb and flow of the conversation, we learn what is self-love when a confident voice chimes in, “You know I love how I have this ability to bounce back when things don’t work out!”
This statement may seem bold at the outset because we are often taught to be humble and modest about our accomplishments. But let’s tell you this, being aware of our positives, acknowledging and celebrating our strengths is a practice we ought to adopt to live our best lives. We can do this by learning and practising self-love.
Self-love is essentially the regard for one’s wellbeing and happiness. It comprises how we take care of ourselves and how we talk about ourselves. Self-love is a sense of appreciation that we have for ourselves. That has to be nurtured with help of actions that support our physical, psychological, and spiritual growth.
Self-love also means taking care of your own needs, doing things you enjoy, and not sacrificing your well-being to please others. It is not settling for anything less than what you deserve.
There is no one-size-fits-all meaning for self-love because all of us have unique needs and ways to care for ourselves. Learning about what works best for you as an individual is a vital part of your mental health.
Self-love as a practice can help students navigate the pressures that come with academic life. Often students tend to tie their self-worth to marks and become self-critical when they don’t achieve what they had set out to. It is crucial to know that come what may, failure or success, you are important. And, that you have qualities that contribute to who you are as a person. And, that you’re capable of doing brilliant things. Thinking positively about yourself and practising self-love boosts your confidence, in turn, helping you live a meaningful life with wholesome relationships and happiness.
Practise Self-Love in 5 Steps…
Cultivating self-love takes a while, and doing all of the above at once can be overwhelming. So, we suggest you take it one step at a time. And, if you don’t know how and where to begin, you can always start by saying that, you love yourself.
1. How to develop self love?
1. Stop comparing yourself to others 2. Remind yourself that you can't make everyone happy 3. Mistakes are okay 4. Be kind to yourself 5. Accept yourself just the way you are
2. What are some examples of self love?
1. Saying positive self-affirmations 2. Forgiving yourself 3. Prioritising your well-being 4. Being assertive
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