fifteen simple ways to love yourself | olive june

fifteen simple ways to love yourself

"to be beautiful means to be yourself. you don't need to be accepted by others. you need to accept yourself." - thich nhat hanh

the greatest struggle in life is the struggle to accept, embrace, and love ourselves; with all of our imperfections. a lot of vulnerability is needed to be completely honest about who we are, how we feel, and what we need. i think it's so important to stop discrediting ourselves for all of the things that we aren't and to start giving ourselves a break; allowing us to give credit to ourselves for everything we are and to be proud of that person. 

the most important decision of your life, the one that will affect every other decision, is the commitment to love and accept yourself. i feel like before you can have a quality work life, relationships, faith, and a successful future, you need to obtain self-love. by having compassion for yourself, you can appreciate and do considerate things for others. 

it's a constant work in progress but here are some simple tasks / things to remember to help build a foundation to begin your journey of self-love. 

1. stop comparing yourself to others 
2. spend time alone - embrace some froyo, netflix, and light a candle during a night at home
3. spend time outside - do a picnic in the park, take a walk, go hiking, stroll city streets 
4. let go of the past - forgive others, move on, and don't carry around negative thoughts
5. practice yoga and meditate- a lot. 
6. do something every day that makes you happy- do things you love without guilt 
7. reunite with old friends and spend time with your girlfriends 
8. believe in your abilities and listen to you intuition 
9. go out of your way to be loving and kind to others- almost everything comes full circle
10. take vitamins {in order to be the healthiest version of yourself}
11. laugh at yourself and smile more 
12. do favors for others and don't expect anything in return 
13. be less judgmental {you never know what others are going through} 
14. look around at your surroundings more and take in the moment 
15. you will never be able to please everyone-- and that's ok. 
most of all, love yourself. 
enjoy the life you have been given and embrace every day with open arms 

"you, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection"

are you currently on this journey? 
what advice would you add? 

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  1. Replies
    1. so glad!! and yes, very important! hope your week is going well!

  2. I needed to read this today! Thanks, Nelle! <3

  3. Love number 4! It's so important to let go of the past! Love that you mentioned that <3

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