Self-Love Challenge: Week 11: Practice Love To Yourself
13-Week Self-Love Challenge
Week 11: Practice the Love You Show To Others to Yourself, As Well
PREVIOUS WEEKS IN CASE YOU MISSED THEM:
INTRO TO WEEK 11:
Why are we the most critical of ourselves?
I don’t know about you, but I always catch myself saying ugly things about myself that I would never even consider saying to a friend.
And, as stated in previous weeks, I am my most important friend.
So why am I so rude to the person that will always be there for me?
PRACTICING THE LOVE YOU SHOW TO YOURSELF:
I know it’s time for a shift in my self-talk.
Who’s with me???
If the saying, the way you treat others is a reflection of the way you treat yourself, is correct then I need to take a hard look in the mirror.
Why, as humans, do we tend to overlook everything beautiful and positive about ourselves? Why does everything never seem to be good enough?
We need to recognize that what we do, or how we look, etc. is good enough. It’s probably more than good enough.
Changing our self-talk is so important to our emotional wellbeing.
Be aware of how we talk to ourselves, recognize the negative self-talk, and revisethe statement.
Instead of saying that you should have gone to the gym yesterday, how about saying I’m glad I gave my body some rest, today’s a new day and I’m going to try to go today.
Instead of criticizing how you’re not tan enough, try thanking the universe for blessing you with the skin you have and that you won’t have as many wrinkles when you get older.
The more cognizant we are of the way we talk to ourselves, the easier it will be to correct ourselves.
Just a small shift in our language will ultimately lead to a more positive attitude.
A more positive attitude will lead to happier days more often.
Happier days will lead to a more joyful life.
Let’s start this optimistic movement!
I know actually putting things into practice can be the challenging part, but the more you try to do it, the easier it will be and will begin to become natural.
So let’s practice positive self-talk until it’s second nature.
Another task to try besides practicing the language you use can be an uplifting morning routine.
Start by looking in the mirror and sayingI love you to yourself. As many times as you need to hear it. Then find 3 things that you love about yourself. Or more if you want to expand the practice.
Then every time you catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror tell yourself you love yourself. The more you say it, the more you’ll begin to believe it.
Also, add something that brings you immediate joy during your morning routine. Whether it’s a cup of coffee or warm lemon water or reading a chapter in a book, whatever it is to you, do it every day.
It’s as simple as that. The morning routine does not have to be extravagant. It’s just a little self-love practice to do every day.
A practice that is completely YOURS.
Each week of the Self-Love Challenge is equally important because they all tie together.
Practicing positive self-talk is going to involve showing yourself some grace along the way. It might also involve letting go of things you’re ashamed of before you can completely move forward with this task.
Take it slow. Go back and re-read some weeks while taking notes along the way. Utilizing your journal and actually taking part in the goals and activities will also help you retain information and retrain your brain.
What you get out of this challenge will be determined by the amount of effort that you put into it.
Take that extra time for yourself and put things into action.
You are your best friend and you deserve all the love you can get.
BOOK RECOMMENDATION FOR WEEK 11:
The Untethered Soul, by Michael A. Singer
This book really opened my eyes to how I see myself and view the world.
GOALS FOR WEEK 11:
Begin creating a morning routine that involves positive self-talk rituals.
Make a list of at least 50 things that you love about yourself
Pick a book from the recommendations that sparked the most interest in you so far and begin reading it.