6 Reasons Why You Should Love Yourself

Do you love you?

If you need a reason to love yourself, I have 6 for you. Self-love is a topic I doubt I will ever stop writing about because I walked this deliberate journey. Loving oneself takes some time to be actualized, but it’s gratifying and satisfying when it happens. I started experiencing life better when I realized my worth, discovered myself and learnt to love myself. So, whenever the opportunity presents itself, I always remind my inner circle why it’s essential to appreciate and choose ourselves.

Loving yourself may not be a constant in your life, but it should be an often. It is rare to find someone who loves every part of themselves at all times. However, the more accepting of yourself you are, the more you will understand yourself, change yourself and love yourself as much as you need to.

Though self-care and self-love are in our faces constantly, people still forget about their importance. This is why I’m here with six reasons why you should love yourself today.

You Understand Yourself Better

When you truly love yourself, you know what you like and don’t like. You know why you react to things a certain way. As a result, you gain a sense of self-independence and won’t mind spending time alone if you don’t want to go out.

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It Boosts Your Confidence

Another reason you should love yourself is self-confidence. There’s a new level of confidence you exhume when you love yourself. You think different, move different, talk different and act different. You’re not intimidated by your flaws or imperfection. You know you are enough and ride with that in everything you do.

It Makes You Happier

You feel happier when you love yourself because you’re not carrying the weight of unnecessary baggage on your shoulder every day. Things that made you feel low and unworthy will no longer faze you, and looking in the mirror will make you proud. You feel light and ready to take on the world every day.

Love is patient; love is kind. It does not envy; it does not boast; it is not proud.  It does not dishonour others; it is not self-seeking; it is not easily angered; it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7

It Protects You From Self Harm

When you don’t love yourself, you forget to choose yourself even when it’s an inconvenience not to. Giving so much to the world with no room for your own self can make you do things to harm yourself. You become a people pleaser who never says “no” and you find yourself in situations that make you feel stressed. However, when you love yourself, you tend to know when to draw the line and choose yourself when it matters.

You Value Yourself More

Self-love makes you realize your worth and value. You see yourself in a new light and can remove yourself from situations that no longer serve you. You stop feeling intimated by the pressure to be somebody other than yourself. And, even when people refuse to see your worth, you don’t drown because you know who you are and what you’re capable of.

It Makes You Know What True Love Really Is

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying that you must love yourself before you love somebody else. I believe this! If you don’t love yourself, you will place your worth and happiness solely in the hands of the person you love. What they think about you sticks, and you’ll never be able to see your true self beyond their eyes. But when you love yourself, you can discern what love isn’t and when the people that claim to love you are hurting you, you will know. Love is not an easy emotion, and because you understand it better, you can truly know for sure if that’s what you feel. 

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Mariam Shittu

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