Love Yourself Like You Love Your Best Friend

Updated: Aug 10

I don't know about you but I love the hell out of my best friend(s). When in need, I'm there. I'm willing to drop everything and show up to offer support any way I can. I'm sure you can relate when it comes to your loved ones. When they need you, you’re there. You drop everything and show up, physically and mentally, to offer support any way you can.

Now it’s time to do that for yourself.

I saw the phrase Love yourself like you love your best friend online somewhere and stored it for later use. As someone who promotes self love, self care, and all things good for self, I love that phrase. Why is it that we so easily make time to be kind and show up for others but can't extend the same courtesy to ourselves?

You deserve the same courtesy. You need it.

You don't talk down to your best friend, say mean or hurtful things. You don't harm your best friend, physically or emotionally. Try to break the habit of showing negativity to yourself. I know that's easier said than done as well.

I know this from experience. It took me 18 years to finally love myself and some days I still struggle. On those days, I use my self love affirmations and other relaxing methods to clear my mind and get rid of the negative thoughts. If you're looking for some self love affirmations to try, here are some of mine.

There could be a number of reasons you're not happy with yourself, from physical reasons to emotional things. For me, it was the physical things that led me to self hate. After a while, I was tired of the constant negativity I felt for myself and wanted to try something positive for a change. I began using positive affirmations. I highly encourage them to help boost self esteem, self love, and positive thinking.

Love yourself like you love your best friend.

You love your best friend unconditionally so why not love yourself the same way? Unconditional love for yourself is vital.

Learning to love myself unconditionally was a wonderful feeling, it changed your life. It was such a relief to no longer battle with thoughts of hate and unworthiness. That's why I encourage beginning your self love journey. I want you to feel the same relief and positivity I felt once I learned to love me. When you love yourself, there are just so many more positive things that come with it. You're no longer filed with negativity, you no longer feel threatened by others, and all these insignificant things begin to fade away.

If you're feeling more self hate than love, give affirmations a try. Self love affirmations are powerful and are about accepting and loving yourself as you are. Affirmations don’t work overnight, but as long as you put in time and effort your brain will start to change the way it thinks. It takes time to build a new habit, but I know it can be done.

When you find your self love affirmations, try repeating them for 5 minutes, a few times a week. I like to say affirmations to myself in front of a mirror. It might feel strange and fake at first, since you don’t believe the things you're saying, but if you keep it up, you will eventually believe them.

If you tell yourself how ugly, worthless, and unloved you are everyday, you'll start to believe that, even though it's not true. So by that same logic, if you tell yourself that you are beautiful, strong and worthy everyday, you will eventually start to believe that.

When you start to say and believe your affirmations, this doesn’t mean you won’t feel negative emotions occasionally. It's normal, we all do, just don’t stay there. Go through the emotion and let it go.

Love yourself like you love your best friend.

Prioritizing ourselves, our feelings, and showering ourselves with love feels abnormally hard sometimes. Self love and self care should be talked about more. Prioritizing those aspects in your life should be the norm. Finding the time and energy to do so should be second nature.

Think of your best friend. Think of all the love you feel for them and try to replicate that for yourself. Again, it's easier said than done but it's so worth a try.

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