Can we talk about self-love for a minute? About how hard it is sometimes? “You have to love you first..” is thrown around as if it’s the easiest thing in the world to do, and it’s not. (I’m guilty of it too.) There are so many outside factors that play a part in how we see ourselves and what we think about ourselves.
Weight, skin color, skin texture, physical features, character traits, perception, beauty standards, and the list goes on and on..
Though these external factors have the ability to negatively impact how we see ourselves, we often make the process of truly loving ourselves more difficult with our own internal actions.
So, now I ask, do you love yourself? I mean do you REALLY love yourself?
This post is for those of you who answered yes. If you answered no, start here.
Don’t get me wrong, I love me some Ashleigh. But if I’m being honest there are some days, like today, where I reflect on things I’ve said to myself, things I’ve done, and things I’ve accepted from others and I have to wonder “do you REALLY love you?! Because you’re not acting like it right now.”
Take a moment to be real with yourself…
- Do your actions line up with you loving yourself?
- Do the people you surround yourself foster the love that you say you have for yourself?
- Does the behavior and treatment you accept from yourself and others reflect the love you have for yourself?
- Are you showing up and nurturing every part of you that needs love, healing, and support?
Self-love is built on honesty, commitment, and it’s a relationship – with yourself, for yourself! – Sanja
I’m challenging myself to take a hard look at some areas of my life that needs some improvement and to act accordingly. The way I talk to myself, how some of my thoughts go, what and who I allow in my intimate space etc. I’m doing this so that each day I can wake up and honestly say that my actions, my words, and my thoughts reflect that I do, in fact, love myself.
I now challenge you to do the same.
Self-respect is just as much about saying no to situations and people that don’t nourish you as it is about saying yes to possibilities and opportunities that stretch your comfort zone. – Rebecca Ray