how to love yourselfSometimes it's challenging silencing your inner critic. This is especially true if you're prone to perfectionism. But constantly beating yourself up only lowers your self-confidence, self-esteem, and self-worth. Empower yourself instead by following these six tips that teach you how to love yourself unconditionally:

1. Connect with yourself

Frequently we get so wrapped up in our daily to-do lists that we forget to carve out time to really connect with ourselves. Connect with your inner world a few minutes each day by meditating, reflecting, and contemplating — this will enable you to appreciate better who you are as a person.

2. Face your weaknesses

Everyone has weaknesses and flaws—it's an inevitable part of being human. But it's crucial to face your shortcomings head-on rather than ignore them. Take time to understand your weaknesses and where any insecurities you have might stem from. Then learn to overcome them by going to therapy, attending support groups, or journaling.

3. Forgive yourself

Instead of replaying previous scenarios where you think you messed up over and over again in your mind, realize that everyone makes mistakes. Understand that you've been doing the best you can, which will help you to forgive yourself and move on.

4. Form loving, supportive relationships

Surround yourself with people who genuinely love and value you for who you are. This will make it easier to love yourself. If anyone in your life isn't kind, supportive, and caring, don't be afraid to create firm boundaries with them or even remove them from your life altogether.

5. Praise yourself

It's essential to be understanding of any setbacks you might experience and also to celebrate all accomplishments, no matter how big or small. This might mean treating yourself to your favorite dessert or going on a mini-vacation. Remember that praise and rewards build up your inner spirit.

6. Nourish your mind and body

Take care of both your mind and body by getting enough sleep, eating right, and exercising. Since your mind and body have such a strong connection, attending to your physical and mental needs means you'll be much more prepared to take on obstacles that come your way. You'll also be able to think and act more positively.

Begin loving

Don't wait until you get a new job or lose weight to start loving yourself. Start on the deep work that builds the foundation from which you can truly begin to love yourself unconditionally. Focus on both your mental and physical health, which will enable you to explore who you really are and think more positively about yourself.

  1. "7 Ways to Learn to Love Yourself Unconditionally," Huffington Post, December 6, 2017.
  2. "12 Ways to Love Yourself Unconditionally," Heal Your Life, March 22, 2016.

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