Do you love yourself? Have you ever really asked yourself that question and answered honestly? We say we love ourselves, but then we don’t act that way, we aren’t true to ourselves and we hide who we really are in an effort to fit in or be normal.
Have you ever wondered how not being true to ourselves impacts our mental health? Think about it: it takes a lot of mental energy to try and fit in, to try and change who we are to become someone who we think people want us to be. It takes a lot of energy to not love yourself. Every time we set aside our unique personality and quirks to become someone else, we are subconsciously telling ourselves that we aren’t good enough.
Do that long enough and this negative self talk can have some huge ramifications- depression and even self hatred. How horrible is that? I personally have done this, I think it’s something that we all do from time to time, but how can we break the cycle?
We need to notice that we’re doing it. So many people are so used to negative self talk that they don’t even realize they’re doing it or they think it’s normal. In order to take care of yourself and to embrace your individuality you need to start paying attention to the things you say to yourself. Notice when you say something mean or hurtful. Then, don’t judge or get angry with yourself for thinking those thoughts, instead have a kind reply ready and let it go. Tell yourself, I love you, and move on. You might have to do this several times an hour, heck, you might even have to do this several times an hour, but don’t get discouraged and keep telling yourself I love you. There’s only one person quite like you and the world need’s you to love yourself.
If you’re interested in more help embracing all the things that make you unique and an individual, check out this week’s challenge. I’d love to hear your thoughts here on the blog or on Instagram using the hashtag #juststaycuriouschallenge.
Remember, you’re beautiful, special, and I love you. Love yourself.