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Mirror, Mirror: The Power of Self-Love and Self-Acceptance

The Power of self-love means accepting yourself as you are, with all your flaws and imperfections. Why is it important? It fosters self-confidence, self-respect, and a positive self-image. It’s the foundation of a healthy, happy life. Don’t let people say that your selfish or conceited. You’re not!

According to a survey by Dove, only 4% of women around the world consider themselves beautiful, highlighting the societal pressures and negative self-perceptions that many individuals face.

What are the benefits of self-love:

1.Improved mental health and reduced risks of anxiety and depression.

2. Better ability to set boundaries and prioritize your needs.

3. Healthier relationships with others, as you attract people who respect you.

4. Increased motivation and resilience in pursuing your goals and dreams.

How can you cultivate self-love:

1. Practice self-love : Be kind and understanding towards yourself.

2. Challenge negative self-talk and replace it with positive affirmations.

3. Identify and nurture your strengths, talents, and accomplishments.

4. Engage in activities that bring you joy and fulfillment.

5. Surround yourself with supportive people who appreciate you.

E.E. Cummings said. “The hardest challenge is to be yourself in a world where everyone is trying to make you be somebody else.”

Self-Care and Self-Love:

1. Keep a notebook at your bedside. Every evening or morning write two things about yourself that you are proud of. Do this for 30 days, you can’t repeat anything written before. See how you feel about yourself after the 30 days. I would continue doing this exercise.

The Power of Self-love
Surround yourself with supportive people who appreciate you.

2. Eating wholefoods is a good way to nourish your body so that you can have more energy for the things you enjoy and the things you must do. Begin an exercise route. Start by taking walks.

3. Prioritize the things you want to do and say no to things you don’t want to do.

4. Practice self-love by looking at yourself in a mirror. Do this for several minutes until you can see your true self.  What feelings come up for you? Write these feelings in your journal. Keep looking at yourself until you are proud of the beautiful face looking back.

I have been practicing self-love for some time. There was a time when I couldn’t look at myself in a mirror. I would quickly look away. I didn’t like what I saw. I wasn’t proud of the woman I was looking at. I fell into the trap of people pleasing. I was always trying to please my kids and family. I guess you could say I was looking for recognition and I didn’t get it. I learned what I was doing to myself. I found the tools to help me fall in love with myself all over again. If I can learn these tools so, can you.



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