Some Self Love Tools

♥Affirmations♥

  • “I cleanse myself of all selfishness, resentment, critical feelings, and self-condemnation. I bathe myself in generosity, appreciation, praise, gratitude, and self-acceptance” – Lidia Frederico
  • “A few steps back means that I have not fallen” JChavae
  • “Today I Affirm: I am confident in my ability to bloom, and I will not stunt my growth with negative self-talk or old bad habits” – Alex Elle
  • “You are worth more than you think, capable of more than you know, and loved more than you can imagine” – Unk.
  • “You are beautiful no matter what they say, words can’t bring you down” – Christina Aguilera

Good Reads

  • Alex Elle – #ANote2Self (self-care journal)
  • Keke Palmer – I Don’t Belong to You
  • Jen Sincero – You Are A Badass
  • Kamal Ravikant – Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends on it
  • Alexis Jones – I am That Girl

Articles

  • Self Care tips from Alex Elle here
  • Self Esteem tips here
  • Self Love tips here

Mirror Exercise

Do this exercise every day however long you need to or whenever you want to (I suggest doing this before you start your day and before you go to bed… just throw yourself right into it or once a day to ease into it)

  • 1.  Stand before a mirror (any size) and just look at yourself, do not linger on one area to look. Just really look at yourself and appreciate that you are whole, you are breathing.

    2. “As you look into your eyes in the mirror, begin to say some good and encouraging things about yourself, tell yourself how strong you’ve been and will continue to be, tell yourself how happy you are about what you’ve already achieved and what you will achieve in the future.” – Dr Joe Rubino

    3. Tell yourself “you are amazing, you are good enough, you are a beautiful and an awesome person”

    4. End by saying to yourself “I love you”

I hope this helps you on your journey in loving yourself more, in loving yourself the way you want your partner to love and appreciate you.

What are some useful tips that you can share from your own self love journey in your relationship?

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Love Yourself

In lieu of this week of love, I want to touch on the topic of self love because you cant expect someone to love you when you cant love yourself.

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Self Care starts with loving yourself!

Working with youth as both an educator and a non-profit mentor/counselor, I come across many individuals, young and old, who are still uncomfortable with themselves, putting themselves down when others are trying to lift them up, not believing in their own beauty, talents, or smarts.. and it just reminds of the days when I was uncomfortable with myself, I did not like showing skin, wearing dresses or make-up, I felt my limbs were too long, i thought I was too skinny. I hid behind my books and quiet nature until I had my heart broken. After that I gave no fucks and then I continued on finding my voice and shaping my own view of the world.  I stopped needing the validation of others because I simply didn’t care anymore. I became of a more ‘I didn’t ask you’ kind of person.

I did spoken word, lingerie and nude shoots, random photo-shoots, I bought a long ass mirror and touched my body, caressing every curve, looking at all my stretch marks, my scrapes from being a kid, my moles, my tattoos, all my flaws and imperfections and instead of just smiling and shying away from compliments, I started accepting them because I accepted myself.  I accepted everything about myself. I accepted who I was and all I had to offer, because at the end of the day I still have to look and the mirror see me. It’s my reflection that I have to live with.  It took me years to get to this point, the whole fuck you, i’m just gonna do me’ mentality. This is me take it or leave it!

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If you have to say it to believe it, do like Gabrielle Union on being Mary Jane, write down daily affirmations, place them where you’ll see them the most (bathroom mirrors for example), read and try to stick by that quote for the day.

But having friends and family and your significant other in your corner can help speed up this process. It helps significantly when you can believe what they say is coming from the heart. Just remember family does not have to say kind words to you, they are not obligated to lift you up and make you feel good about yourself, it’s a choice, just as much as you choose to believe what they say.

The mind is a tricky thing when it comes to things about yourself, so jot down what you love about yourself. Why do you love these things? What are you doing to work on things you dont like?

Some individuals I recommend following on IG is Alex Elle, JChavae (apologies, I cannot find any male pages that promote self care on all aspects other than physical fitness, which is a topic that can be discussed another time!)