Not just a summer fling, self-love is an all year thing.
Many women have heard to take care of themselves through self-care. Self-care usually consists of pampering activities that temporarily rejuvenate and clear one’s mind. Self-love is much deeper than that, it’s about loving yourself for who you are. In order to love others, you need to learn to love yourself first. Your relationship with yourself is going to affect both your professional and personal relationships. Self-love is about knowing your worth and putting value on yourself.
Dove’s Self-Esteem Research
In 2016, Dove released a study over self-esteem in girls and women. The study consisted of 10,500 participants ages 10-60 in 13 different countries. According to Dove’s research, only four percent of women and 11 percent of girls consider themselves beautiful. 72 percent of girls feel pressure to be beautiful, while 80 percent of women agree that all women have something about her that is beautiful, but are unlikely to see that beauty in themselves. Read “The Dove Global Beauty and Confidence Report“, and “The 2017 Dove Global Girls Beauty and Confidence Report,” for more information.
Cellulite is Common
The cellulite you see on your body is more common than you think. According to dermatologists, around 98 percent of women have cellulite. You can reduce cellulite through diet and exercise, here is a list of the foods that either help or cause cellulite on Eat This, Not That! Women of all shapes and sizes can have cellulite, so don’t feel ashamed. As long as you are doing what you can to live a long and healthy life, don’t let society’s definition of beauty stop you from fully loving yourself.
Beach Bodies Are For Any Body
Don’t skip out on a fun day at the beach because of insecurities. Don’t let anyone tell you what you can and can’t wear due to your size. What matters most is what YOU feel comfortable in. YOU are the one wearing it on YOUR body, don’t let anyone body-shame you to wear something different. If you are a size 14 and feel more comfortable in a two-piece, wear that two-piece girl! If you are a size 2 and feel more comfortable in a one-piece, rock it with pride. You are amazing, don’t let anyone tell you different!
Exercises For Self-Love
- Sleep Naked – research shows that sleeping in the buff has many benefits to your mind and your body. The more often you are naked, the more positive you will feel about your body. Sleeping nude can also help prevent yeast infections by airing out your hoo-ha. If you have a roommate or are uncomfortable to be fully naked, wear an over-sized shirt or night gown without any undergarments on.
- Praise yourself – compliment yourself in front of the mirror or while exercising. When giving yourself a pep-talk, think to yourself what your favorite features or characteristics are. It’s okay to also think what you want to improve and then tell yourself how you want to improve it. For an example on your physical traits say, “I have great thighs, but my stomach needs toned up. I’m going to tone by stomach up by doing x,y,z.” For an example on your character say, “I’m smart and have a lot going for me, but I need to become a better listener. This is how I am going to start listening to others more…”
- Take more selfies – people who take more photos of themselves get to see what angles work for them or what poses or clothes work best for them. Don’t be afraid to be in front of the camera.
Don’t Be Ashamed
It’s okay to not be okay. Please do not suffer alone. It’s time to end the stigma of talking about and dealing with mental health. The brain is an organ, and just like any other organ in the body, things can go wrong. It’s time to be open and honest with ourselves and with others to get the help we need. You cannot give the world your best if you are not your best self.