Loving your emotional self

Possibly the single most important facet of loving yourself is taking great care of your emotional self. What you believe to be true about yourself illustrates the degree to which you love and accept yourself.

Try these tips to love yourself more by taking care of your emotional being:

Accept yourself. Realize that you’re as important, special and worthy as every other human being on earth. Connect deeply with this reality.

Journal. Write in a journal about what you really like about yourself. Journaling helps you connect with all of your strengths.

Claim responsibility for your own life. Often we try to find external reasons for why something happened, such as, “Why does he keep hurting me?” or, “What makes her think I deserve this treatment?” Instead, take responsibility. Ask yourself, “Since I’m responsible for myself, what do I need to do right now to remedy this situation for me?”

Once you claim responsibility for your own life, you’ll fully consider the ramifications of your choices to stay in less than ideal situations.Avoid negativity toward yourself. A person who loves herself avoids sending herself negative messages. You can practice avoiding negativity and still acknowledge that no one is perfect.

Forgive others. You’ll feel less burdened by unwanted negative feelings when you cultivate forgiveness. Of course, it’s also okay to decide that even though you forgive someone, continuing to be involved with that person isn’t healthy for you.

Send out positive vibes to others. Show other people how loving, caring and kind you are. Often, we get immersed in our daily grind and don’t notice all the opportunities we have to make someone’s day. Showing positivity and kindness toward everyone can be intensely refreshing. When you do this, you make it obvious to others that you love yourself.

Say you’re sorry if you are. Notice within yourself when you’ve made an error or had a misstep. Then, openly acknowledge it. This shows you’re a genuine, caring human being.

Have self-respect. Refuse to allow anyone to emotionally harm you. Set guidelines within yourself about tolerating unsavory treatment from others. Having limits and boundaries is healthy and shows that you protect and respect yourself in all situations.

In essence, understanding and acknowledging your own feelings validates your existence. By being honest with yourself about your feelings and taking action in accordance with them, you honor and show love to yourself.

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