Love Yourself: What Does That Really Mean?

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#SelfLove has begun to dominate our culture, through social media outlets like Twitter and other popular venues like TV shows, celebrities promoting self-acceptance, and more. But what does self love actually mean? Is it just a general feeling of self appreciation, or is there more to this campaign than meets the eye? Experts have stepped forward in order to promote this notion of self love as more than just an emotion. According to Psychology Today, self love is not simply a feeling or temporary state of mind. Rather, "self-love is a state of appreciation for oneself that grows from actions that support our physical, psychological and spiritual growth." Take a look below to learn more about how to start on your journey towards self love!

Many psychologists argue that the key to a successful life begins with loving and respecting oneself. If you're like most people out there, this is often easier said than done! Self-acceptance is something that we tend to struggle with throughout our entire lives, and depends heavily on our acceptance of our flaws as well as our strengths. Like the experts at Psychology Today state, our ability to love ourselves for who we are, rather than who we wish we could be, relies on our ability to conquer physical and mental challenges.

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There are several ways that we can learn to accept and love ourselves. Take a look below at these 10 helpful tips from Nitika Chopra, a certified life coach and contributor from MindBodyGreen!

1. Create a self-love ritual. Turn off the TV and unplug from social media for 15 minutes to get centered while self-pampering. My favorite way to do this is to moisturize my skin with intention. As I massage my feet I thank them for getting me to where I need to go; as I moisturize my hands I love them for all the transactions and introductions they've helped me with throughout my life. I stop taking my body and my life for granted and relish how blessed I am while showering myself with gratitude.

2. Build a precious community. As much as we would like to think we can, we can’t do everything ourselves. You need the support and love from people around you to stay motivated and on track. Positive energy is contagious, so whether you’re building a network or planning to go to a fun event, it’s always important to have a community you value around you regularly.

3. Make a “What’s Working for Me" list. You always hear that to love someone else you must first learn to love yourself. But In order to really love yourself sometimes you have to recognize all the love you have around you. One of the practices I do when I’m feeling down is to go within and acknowledge what's really working, then make a “What’s Working for Me” list. Once you see it on paper and accept all of the positivity in your life, it will make it that much easier to love yourself.

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We earn many titles throughout our lives. We are daughters, partners, employees, mothers, chaperones, grandmothers, and more. Especially as mothers, we dedicate our whole lives to serving those around us. Remember to take the time to accept and respect yourself as an individual, too! Loving yourself gives you the opportunity to find personal meaning in your daily actions in each of your different roles. Have you ever experienced #SelfLove? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section below!