In order to live our life to the fullest, it’s important to love ourselves before we can love anyone else. Satisfaction with life is strongly based on contentment with who we are. If we want to experience true happiness, we need to take the time to figure out who we are and what we want out of life.
Our true self flourishes when we remove ourselves from outside influences. Engaging in self-reflection helps us to understand who we are and allows us to review our relationships with others, and our ways of being in the world. When we give ourselves some time and space to get away from the expectations, the conversations, the outside world in general, we forget about what everyone else thinks, and we are able to uncover our life’s purpose .
We live in a world where most of us don’t know the importance of knowing who we really are, and I believe that is the main reason why is difficult to figure out what we have the potential to become. It’s impossible to love yourself if you don’t forgive yourself for your mistakes, and if you don’t appreciate your own qualities. You only truly obtain self-love by being kind to your soul. Learning how to love yourself is a key ingredient for happiness and also to understand how you truly feel about things going on in your life.
Try to discover your own values and explore your emotions each day, and your life will get better. You will feel better, and you will notice that being satisfied with who you are will attract more of what you want to your life. Self love also means self-empowerment. You can discover more of your abilities, your passions, your interests and even your dislikes by interrogating yourself about your beliefs, values, and actions.
If you are in a relationship, take some time for yourself when you know that you need it. Learn to explore your individuality and give yourself some space every now and again. Figure out what energises you, what makes you fulfilled, and find ways to connect to yourself. You are your own person and you are allowed to have your own friends, your own set of interests. Remember that you are not defined by your spouse or your relationship.
When we live our life in order to fulfill other people’s expectations, we become our toughest critic, and we tend to blame ourselves for anything and everything that goes wrong. We end up being so dissatisfied with our own life, that is easy to turn to addictions and wish with all our heart to be someone else. Some people struggle with life because they don’t seem able to move forward from past mistakes; in reality, they are not at peace with themselves. The better way to uncovering our life’s purpose is through self knowledge.
If you feel overwhelmed with life challenges and responsibilities, take some time to go for a long walk and think. Do anything that allows you to dive into the deeper essences of who you are. I find that journalling is a wonderful tool to help me to find the pieces to assemble my real self. You can explore different ways to get to know yourself. You have the choice to know your deeper self when you are generous enough to encourage yourself toward self-expression. Start telling yourself what you love about you and don’t be afraid to share your gifts and your passions with others.
Self acceptance allows you to be more compassionate with the world around you. Your disappointment in others often reflects your disappointment in yourself. When you turn your focus to your true self, you automatically focus less on winning the approval of others. Self love also allows you to evaluate those things in life that are causing you stress and consider the importance of those things. When you’re constantly reminding yourself about your flaws, the light of your real self does not shine.
Avoid feeling guilty for treating yourself, and remember that you don’t have to justify anything that brings you happiness. When you know your self worth, you stop trying to prove yourself to others, and you start enjoying the life you are destined to live.