Falling in love with yourself

dreamstime_4096716It is thought that the most important relationship you will ever have is the one with yourself.  This rings true for me.  If you feel good about yourself then the chances are that this will be reflected back to you in your relationships with others.

Oscar Wilde said: “To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance”

Loving yourself  means accepting yourself as you are – faults and all.  You may  wish to work towards self-improvement AND still love yourself in the process.  It’s about letting go of all the judgements and criticisms of yourself and treating yourself as you would your best friend.  It’s about having a healthy regard and self respect for yourself and appreciating all of your wonderful qualities.

Here are some tips for nurturing and loving yourself:

1) Be Your Own Champion!

You are unique, there is no one else like you in the world and for that you are a treasure and a gift to the world.  Stand up for yourself, cheer yourself on, give yourself a pat on the back when you’ve done well and treat yourself with compassion if you make a mistake.

2) Look After Yourself

Many people in our society are driven to work long hours, neglecting their health and their fitness. As a result their relationships and health suffer and stress levels rocket.

Good self-care is the foundation stone of a rich and fulfilling life. Self-care includes adequate rest and time doing things that bring you joy and energy, and having a balance between work and personal life. Practising self-care can make you feel you are being selfish. But taking care of your precious self is important for your present and future well-being. It also means you are in a better place to be there for others. One analogy is the flight attendant telling adult passengers to put oxygen masks on themselves before their babies in case of emergency, to be breathing well enough to care for their children.

3) Take Yourself On A Date

Enjoy spending time with yourself.  Set aside some time within the next fortnight to spend a few hours with yourself doing things that you love.  It could be anything – going to see a film, taking a walk, listening to music, taking yourself out for a lovely meal. Treat yourself as you would a precious loved one.  I’m going to be doing this too – I’ll be going to my favourite dance class, then having a massage and facial.  I can’t wait!

What are you going to do on your date…let us know here and inspire others.

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~ by Sandstorm on July 21, 2009.

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