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Sunday, April 20, 2014

5 Ways to LOVE Yourself RIGHT NOW!


We spend so much time doubting ourselves, looking to change things about ourselves (sometimes those things can't be changed or involve surgery to do so) and thinking negative thoughts. Stop torturing yourself. Forget that old way of thinking - it's time to make a change! Try a few or try them all, but regardless of which ones your incorporate, here are 5 ways to love yourself right now:

#1 - Tell yourself you are beautiful AT LEAST once per day. It's one thing to want to hear it, it's another thing to actually verbalize it and hear it. Even if you just rolled out of bed and have a horrible case of bedhead, you ARE beautiful. Even if your favorite sweat session at the gym and can't wait to hop in the shower, you ARE beautiful. Even if your goal weight is 100 lbs less than where you are right now, you ARE beautiful.

#2 - Accentuate your favorite asset. We all have one thing we like about ourselves, right? (You should - if you don't, think about it and make it a priority to love something about yourself.) If it's your eyes that you love, choose a new flattering haircut or hair style that will let those eyes sparkle, dress them up with some eye liner or shadow or go see your eye doctor about finally getting those contacts you always wanted. If it's your shoulders that you love, wear your favorite strapless or halter top or dress. When you feel like you put your best foot forward, it makes everything else about you shine.

#3 - Do something that makes you happy. This is an easy one, but it's always fun to get to do something for yourself - something you genuinely enjoy. Even if it's as simple as taking 5 minutes to enjoy a hot cup of tea or reading your favorite magazine, do it! Most of y'all know I love to sew, but I think I love fabric even more. Sometimes, when I need a pick-me-up, I go to my local fabric store and window shop - no need to spend any money!

#4 - Try something new. Part of loving yourself requires learning more about yourself. Each time you try something new, you discover something about yourself that you may or may not have know previously. Whether you liked the activity, how you felt doing it and even if you would want to do it again are things that you should explore in an effort to learn to love you.

#5 - Spend time with someone that makes you happy. Loving who you are means loving your friends and your family. Most of us have special memories with each and everyone of our family and friends. Don't let those memories go to waste - cherish those - learn what your favorites are - be uplifted by spending time with others who love you and make you happy.

Follow these and you will be well on your way to changing that negative attitude into a positive. Days don't start off bad - you have a choice to make it a good day or a bad day. You choose!



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