Here Is What It Means To Love Yourself

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Toa Heftiba

This is how it feels when you’re learning to love yourself for the first time…

Every thing about loving and taking care of yourself feels new because it is, because after so many years of neglecting yourself you have forgotten how it feels to take care of yourself, to love yourself without reservations.

A part of you will still seek permission to do the things you love and the things you want.

There will be days you will feel guilty for loving yourself and feel selfish for taking care of yourself and there will also be days when you don’t know what and how to love yourself and in those days you would contemplate giving up on the self love journey, but hold on because all these are part of the process of learning to love yourself after a good number of years of neglect.

And this is how it is when you’ve mastered a good percent of self loving….

You’ll know how to say ‘NO’ to the things that do not contribute to your positive growth.

You’ll know how to stand up for yourself when necessary.

You’ll know how to balance the act of looking out for people without neglecting yourself.

You’ll search for determination within yourself and not depend solely on the confidence of others.

You’ll learn how to do things for yourself without seeking permission from everybody else.

You’ll find real joy in loving yourself.

You’ll understand that putting you first is another way to love others better.

You’ll learn how to forgive yourself for the mistakes you’ve made because loving yourself has taught you how to love your imperfections.

You’ll know it’s not right to leave your health on the sideline.

You’ll give love a chance, take risks, go on adventures, follow your passions, do the things that are good for you, the things that give you peace.

Loving yourself is not a crime, standing up for yourself is not rebellion and taking care of yourself is not selfishness, bear in mind that you can only truly love another if and when you know how to love and appreciate yourself.

Self loving should be an everyday thing, there will be tough days, there will be soft days but it’s one of the healthiest thing every person should indulge in. For everyone learning self love, you’re not alone; you’ll get a hang of it. Love is a strong and pure feeling, self love is what will truly bring you back to life. TC mark

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