To love yourself means to
accept yourself as you are and to come to terms with those aspects of yourself
that you cannot change.
It means to have self-respect, a positive self-image, and unconditional self-acceptance.
Needless to say, it does not mean being arrogant, conceited or thinking that you are better than anyone else. It means having a healthy regard for yourself knowing that you are a worthy human being.
It is important to remind ourselves that no one is perfect.
We all have strengths and weaknesses and we certainly possess the resources to work on improving ourselves.
Each of us is unique and has specific talents and abilities to offer. We are all here, in the words of Walt Whitman, "to contribute a verse".
In order to appreciate yourself it is up to you to discover what makes you unique and to further develop those talents. We have a responsibility to ourselves to do so.
You cannot sit around and wait for approval from others. Work on acceptingyourself. You are the only "you" that you have. It is in your best interests to be the best you can be.
Until you love yourself, you will not be able to love anyone else. You can only love another to the degree that you do yourself.
How do you love yourself?
You do so by investing in and working your personal growth and development.You work on being the best you.
You understand that you are human, but you acknowledge that you have the potential and spiritual capability to rise above whatever conditions and obstacles are put in your path.
If you take care of your mind and body but neglect your spirit, you will lack balance and feel that something is missing in your life.Taking care of your spirit rejuvenates you, and helps you deal with the daily stresses and challenges of everyday life.
Keeping your mind active helps prevent certain old age diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.