2. Take Yourself Somewhere New
Instead of waiting for the right moment or person to come along, why not just go to the movies or try a new restaurant on your own? When you can break through the insecurities you have about doing these things solo, you deepen that connection to your true self. You discover the part of you that loves who you are unconditionally.
Setting off on a trip alone is a wonderful way to cultivate self-love and get to know yourself. It's even better if you also take in a new culture or unknown destination as you will be forced to strip away any preconceptions you may have about others and yourself. Throwing yourself into the unknown is brave and takes confidence. You will find out a lot about yourself on a deep level.
Writing is a proven therapeutic way of releasing tension and negativity. It is amazing to process your feelings and emotions about yourself and your life through journaling. You can also go back and see how you worked through challenges and learned from any bad experiences.
5. Mirror Work
Every morning go to the mirror and look straight into your eyes and say to your reflection, "I love you just as you are and I want to be your friend." You can choose your own words of course, but the effect of this is incredibly powerful. Some people may find it very challenging at first, but keep at it and feel your self-esteem and confidence soar.
6. Create A Vision Board
When you don't love yourself you don't believe you can have the things you want in life. Creating a personal vision board of everything you dream of is a wonderful way to get excited about your future. Why not include images of things you already have that you love and are proud of? This can help you to identify with your vision and not see it as just an unattainable dream.
7. Meditate Every Day
Meditating on a regular basis is like food for the mind and soul. We all know it by now, but how many of us actually can say we do it enough? When you get into a healthy practice of calming your mind you start to connect with who you really are on a deep level and with everything else in the world.
8. Listen To Your Gut
Another benefit of meditation is being able to recognize your instincts for what they are and listening to them. When you develop the ability to trust your own intuition, you foster self-love. Knowing how to trust your gut is to stand in your own power and own it.
9. Regular Self-Care
Self-love is much more than getting a haircut and a mani-pedi, however taking the time to honor and respect your physical body with loving gestures that make you feel good is highly recommended. Confidence and beauty do start within, but sometimes looking good can help you feel better on the inside when you are struggling with self-esteem.