No matter where you are in the process of your recovery, there can always be a difficult day around the bend. Instead of learning how to avoid these difficult days altogether (hint: that might not be possible), it can be better to think about how to build yourself up to make it through these darker times.
Self-love is one of the most powerful tools you can have in your arsenal when it comes to getting through the recovery process. To practice self-love is to improve your self-esteem, your sense of self, and find the power you need to make it through moments of doubt and pain.
If you don't know how to practice self-love, don't stress out! It's a habit that can be hard to get into if you're brand new to it. Read on and we'll walk you through some tips that can help.
1. Let Go of Comparisons
'Comparison is the thief of joy.' That's a line as old of time but one that you may want to keep close to your heart as you move forward on a path of self-love.
It's part of the world we live, to be competitive. Competition is likely something that was introduced to us at an early age.
Comparison is natural but something that can bring us a lot of pain as well. There's no point in feeling you have to compare yourself to others when there is only you that you need to worry about.
The more you can focus on your own journey through this life, the better off you will be. While it can be easy to get hung up on the accomplishments of others, viewing your life in its own context and space will provide you with a better frame of mind.
2. Allow Mistakes
The power of self-love often comes in the form of the power of forgiveness. Mistakes happen, and yet, we can be all too hard on ourselves when we are the ones behind said mistakes.
Making mistakes is a part of life. We make mistakes so that we can learn from them and avoid them in the future. Mistakes are a part of growth. To be afraid of making mistakes is to avoid living life. You'll want to let go of that nagging voice in your head that says you aren't allowed to make mistakes. Instead, embrace them -- they've made you who you are, and who you are is wonderful.
This way of thinking can help you overcome many obstacles.
3. Make Positive Changes
Many of us feel the pressure to stay in situations that are not pleasant due to social pressures. We stay in relationships, friendships, and social situations because we feel we have to, not because we want to be there.
Self-love means taking action to prioritize your own happiness over these tired conventions. If you need to cut toxic people out of your life, you can and should.
How to Practice Self-Love
If you're looking to better your sense of confidence and happiness, there are few things that might be more worthwhile to do than to practice self-love. The above tips and tricks can help you to get started down this path.
Need more assistance in righting your course and getting back on the path to happiness? Contact me about a session anytime.