Fostering Self-Love

Daniella Cressman
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We can be so hard on ourselves, especially if we have just lost a job we loved or parted way with a significant other we have adored for a long time.

Fortunately, there are many ways to foster self-love: It might not always be easy, but it is essential to be kind to yourself — The words running through your mind as you stare into the mirror in the morning matter, and they can make a difference in your day.

5 ADJECTIVES TO FOSTER SELF-LOVE

Sometimes, all it takes is one word to help you feel better about yourself. While most of us welcome compliments frequently, we can also benefit from a kind term that we whisper to ourselves to get in the right headspace before we navigate the ups and downs of life after the sun rises.

1. BEAUTIFUL

Beauty isn’t only skin-deep, but it can still help to adorn yourself in a way that is complementary: The world would likely be a better place if more of us felt comfortable in our own skin!

You can be beautiful because you are eccentric, unique, or artistic.

Your intelligence and resolve can be attractive, as can your resolve.

We draw others to us for so many reasons, and you likely have a lot of beautiful qualities externally and internally: It’s important to recognize and acknowledge each one as you’re showering or getting dressed for work.

2. WORTHY

I cannot count the number of times someone has told me they feel unworthy of money, love, general abundance, or even camaraderie and a basic level of contentment.

This is no way to live.

You are worthy of love, wealth, abundance in life, and nights spend enjoying yourself with your companions.

You are worthy of self-love, self-care, and recognition for your hard work.

You deserve everything you may be wishing for.

Telling yourself you are worthy in the morning can help you start your day off on the right foot.

It might even encourage you to be kinder to other people if you find yourself experiencing envy on a regular basis.

3. BRAVE

Sometimes, simply getting out of bed, throwing on a pair of jeans, and a t-shirt, and getting into your car can be considered brave, especially if you’ve had a particularly challenging day, a tough week, a difficult month, or a year filled with numerous obstacles.

4. BRILLIANT

We don’t often tell ourselves how brilliant we are, but we should: We deserve to recognize our many talents, and telling yourself just how incredibly intelligent you are can shine a ray of hope on an otherwise challenging afternoon.

5. WHOLE

Hollywood continues to tell us we are incomplete throughout our lives, what with its princes in shining armor riding up to women and “rescuing them from themselves.”

We are often pressured by friends and family to settle down with someone nice even if we don’t want to or aren’t ready and, as if that wasn’t enough, many refer to their significant other as their “better half.”

Whether you are single or attached, you are a complete person.

It’s essential to remind yourself of that before you leave your home in the morning.

Self-love can be extremely challenging to foster, but it’s important to shower yourself with kind words after you get out of bed in the morning as you’re looking in the mirror.

The way you speak to yourself matters, and being positive can make the difference between a mediocre day and a beautiful one.

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