How often do you say, “I love you” to yourself? If you’re like most people, probably not that often, or maybe never. You may not think this is having much of an impact on your life, or your weight, but it is. At the risk of sounding cliché, this is a reminder that self-love is so important!
Expressing self-love is not only a powerful way to boost self esteem and achieve personal development goals, including permanent weight loss. You might be surprised by its potency if you haven’t given it much thought or intention.
Think about the last time someone told you they loved you. More than likely, it made you feel pretty great. You can do that very same thing without waiting for someone else, simply by telling yourself.
Here’s an exercise — no physical exertion required. Look in the mirror and look into your eyes and say “I love you (insert your name here).” I mean it. Try this yourself.
Your response is often an indication of how you feel about yourself. If you can say “I love you” to yourself without feeling guilty or embarrassed, you are able to connect and love yourself. If you can’t look yourself in the eye and say it without feeling weird, your self-esteem might need some work.
When you love yourself, flaws and all, you want to treat your body better. You will want to eat foods that nourish your health, because you can see the importance of being your best self, presenting your best self, and preserving the real you.
Practicing self-love is a simple change with big payoffs. A way to build this muscle is to begin saying nice things to yourself every day. Begin with the exercise above, stopping and slowing down each morning and saying to yourself, “I love you.” Once you start believing those words, this feeling will translate into greater care in everything you do, including your health and fitness habits.