I consider myself to be a self-love advocate, someone who always stresses the importance of loving yourself first before anything else can fall into place. I do my very best to exhibit self-love and to help others achieve that state of being. Though, it hasn’t always been rainbows and butterflies. Learning to love yourself is an ongoing process that truly takes time, effort, dedication, and perseverance; just like any task does. But I promise you that a little work on yourself, goes a long way. Here’s ten things that begin to happen once you learn to love yourself.
1. You stop caring what people think
Loving yourself means that you are at peace with every part of yourself (even your flaws.) It means being conscious of all your worst qualities and mistakes, but knowing you're awesome anyway. Therefore, when people don’t like you, it doesn’t matter, and they don’t really matter either. Half of the time people judge you for things that aren’t even true in the first place – so "lol" jokes actually on them. And for the things that may be true, it’s still none of their business and their opinions are irrelevant. You know the truth and more importantly, you know your mistakes don’t define you. Those sucky people who do judge you for your mistakes aren’t worth your time anyways. All that matters is what you think of yourself, because at the end of the day, you only ever really have yourself.
2. You suddenly enjoy being alone – and need your alone time
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3. Having a boyfriend becomes irrelevant
Ever since junior high my life had been tied together by a string of boyfriend, after boyfriend. Regardless if they were serious relationships or not, I was always receiving attention from a boy, one way or another. I think I just enjoyed the attention and the feeling of being wanted. Yet, here I am now, 21 years old and the absolute last thing in the world I want right now is a boyfriend. I’m dedicating my early twenties to myself – to finding myself, to loving myself. We have our whole lives to be married and share our lives with someone. This is the time to be selfish – the time to travel the world, make irrational decisions, be spontaneous, finish your bucket list, and start that blog you’ve been meaning to for the past three years. There’s always the possibility you can fall in love, but only you have the power to make the decision to love yourself first.
4. You eliminate the negative people out of your life
5. You learn to love others better
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6. You stop stressing about the little things
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Being in college simply means being stressed. I’m not suggesting that loving yourself means you’ll never be nervous for an interview or panic about your 10 page paper that’s due tomorrow. But loving yourself comes with a sense of hope and feeling of reassurance that everything will always be okay in the end. It’s a reminder that no matter what, you’ll always have yourself, and that that’s enough. It’s something to hold on to when you feel like everything else is going wrong or moving way too fast. Being able to depend on yourself and trust yourself really does wonders in attempting to stay sane in this crazy world.
7. You become unbelievably thankful for your parents
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You start to wonder how the hell your parents were able to craft you into the person you are today, and you become unbelievably thankful. You start to think of all the countless number of things they have done for you over the years and the valuable things they have taught you. You realize that without them, you would not be you. Your relationship with them becomes much more important to you and you begin to recognize and appreciate all the sacrifices they have made just to make sure you were happy. And that right there is a good enough reason in its self to be happy with yourself, to love yourself; because your parents say so, and your parents are always right.
8. You let go of your regrets
[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F05%2F01%2F6359772331902837381261759499_h.gif&ho=https%3A%2F%2Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net&s=557&h=f05233df44740aaf20f6cd2fbf887a5e0b751bb697a43b4612338caa719c5bea&size=980x&c=973605359 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F05%252F01%252F6359772331902837381261759499_h.gif%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net%26s%3D557%26h%3Df05233df44740aaf20f6cd2fbf887a5e0b751bb697a43b4612338caa719c5bea%26size%3D980x%26c%3D973605359%22%7D" expand=1]Loving yourself means loving every aspect of yourself – even the not so good parts. It’s letting go of your past in hope of your future. It’s trusting that everything happens for a reason and your mistakes are merely lessons learned. Life is too short to spend time regretting the things who made you who you are. So learn to love your mistakes and use them as a constant reminder of how far you have come. Hold them near to your heart and be thankful for the opportunity to change, to grow, to learn.
9. You develop a new-found confidence
10. Everything starts to make sense
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