Monday, January 09, 2012
e-yourself-in-17-ways/ gives us 17 ways on how to learn to love ourselves.
1. Fall in love with yourself. Think about what makes you You. Just like a flower that needs watering to grow, learn to nurture yourself in every way. Love yourself for all the good that you see and accept your flaws and the fact that you are imperfect. This does not mean that you do not learn to change from your shortcomings; instead, you are being gentle and kind to yourself despite all your “flaws”. Look in the mirror and fall in love with the reflection that is You.
“To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance.”
Oscar Wilde quotes (Irish Poet, Novelist, Dramatist and Critic, 1854-1900)
2. Eliminate Self Criticism. Do you often berate yourself over the tiniest thing? Is there a little voice inside your head that often tells you that you are no good because you are stupid or make mistakes. If you find that you criticize yourself often, make an effort to stop the self criticism.
“I CAN is 100 times more important than IQ.” — unknown
3. Be Kind And Positive. When you start to think kindly and positively about yourself, the love you have for yourself just grows. Make it a habit to praise yourself everyday, while in the front of the mirror. Because of such thoughts, you naturally undertake empowering actions that support your development.
4. Acknowledge Your Effort. It is not always about winning or coming up tops in everything that you do. Many times, it is the effort that counts! Acknowledge that you have done your best, even if you have failed to produce tangible results.
5. Let Go Of Worry. Loving yourself requires you to let go of your worry. It is a horrible way to live a life filled with constant worrying. I can attest to that! Worry does not help in any way. It cannot, on its own, make things happen. Only wise actions can! So instead of worrying, spend time thinking about what you can do to help in the situation. If the situation is beyond your control, then make a request to the Universe/God about what you want. Next, surrender your outcome.
“There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.” — Epictetus quotes (Greek philosopher associated with the Stoics, AD 55-c.135)
6. Trust Yourself. Have confidence in your abilities. Know that you have the ability to make important changes for yourself, for as long as you put your heart to it. You can also support yourself by visualizing desired outcomes.
“Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.”
Benjamin Spock quotes (American Pediatrician and Author, 1903-1998)
7. Forgive Yourself. If you have made mistakes in the past that had caused you to feel less worthy, then you need to forgive yourself. All of us make mistakes; so there really is no need to beat yourself up over them. Also, if you have been carrying around a baggage of emotional hurt because of a childhood trauma, learn to forgive yourself.
“To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.”
Lewis B. Smedes quotes
8. Be Truthful To Yourself. Loving yourself requires you to be truthful about your own feelings. If you are happy, acknowledge the joy. If you are sad, acknowledge the sorrow. When you are truthful about your feelings, you do not try to lie to yourself or seek to bury your negative emotions. Instead, acknowledging what you feel provides a good guide to what your thoughts are. And as we all know, thoughts can be changed, so that healing and self growth can take place.
9. Grow Spiritually. When you spend time growing spiritually, loving yourself becomes automatic. You become more peaceful, connected, kind, loving and compassionate. You nurture a mind that grows more beautiful by the day. You naturally love yourself in the process.
10. Make Positive Affirmations Everyday. Reframe your mind with positive affirmations. For instance, say this to yourself “I love and accept myself completely and unconditionally.” Read your affirmations out loud several times a day.
11. Express Gratitude. Express gratitude for the person that you are. For instance, cultivate an appreciation for your strengths and gifts. Also, feel a sense of gratitude that you are alive and well, and fully capable of making a difference in your life.
12. Nurture Your Dreams. Why deny yourself your dreams? When you nurture your dreams, you would love the life that you are leading. Every moment that you live is a joy because you are expressing yourself fully.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. —Mark Twain
13. Boost Your Self Confidence. Make a deliberate attempt to look for opportunities that can help improve your confidence. For instance, if you are particularly good at doing something, set aside more time to indulge and improve your skills on it. Knowing that you have particular gifts can boost your self esteem.
14. Relax. Give yourself space to take breaks every now and then. If you spend your time working, without paying attention to your health, it also means that you do not love yourself well enough to take care of your own body. Fill your time with silence, soothing music and visions of beauty; anything that nourishes your Soul.
15. Have Fun. Inject some fun into your life. Life is meant to be an enjoyable. Don’t take life or yourself too seriously. If you can think of life in this manner, you automatically relax and quit worrying over things that do not matter.
16. Look After Your Body. It is important that you strengthen yourself with proper nutrition and regular exercise. Your body is a temple and you should treat it with respect, love and care. It has been found that the lack of self love is often the root causes of conditions like eating disorders, obesity or even terminal diseases.
“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.”
Jim Rohn quotes (American Speaker and Author. He is famous for motivational audio programs for Business and Life. )
17. Learn To See Beauty. When you learn to see beauty in every thing, you will also see beauty in yourself. Hence, stop to smell the flowers. Notice everything. Feel everything. The pink blush of the flowers in your garden, the greenness of the plains, the whisper of the gentle wind, or the myriad hues of an evening sky.
Sunday, January 08, 2012
My Losing and Playing Team is starting a new "Love Yourself" Challenge today that goes through to the end of February.
I'm 63 in one month and I've loved unreservedly all my life - my parents, my siblings, extended family members, my husband, my children, my daughter-in-law and my grandchildren, friends, but do I love myself? - I don't honestly know. I'd been taught/learned to take care of others and for women as most of you well know that means thinking about and putting yourself second, third or fourth, whatever is required. Oh yes, I know that I must take care of myself physically so I can give my best to others, but to love myself I've never given it much thought.
Sooooooo ... this may well be a learning challenge for me and perhaps what I learn I can pass on to my granddaughter and anyone else who's interested ...
Here's how the challenge is to go:
1. Earn 1 point each day for posting under the monthly chatter thread.
2. Earn 1 point each day you do the Daily Dare.
3. Earn 1 point each day for posting points earned.
4. Earn 5 points each day for giving and listing 3 different compliments each day to yourself. (Not sure how this is going to go. May get an idea from others who participate.)
5. Earn 5 points for each day you blog.
6. Earn 25 points once a week for completing the weekly challenge.
And that's it, sounds simple enough, but I'm really not sure that it will be.
Pertaining quote: “You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” ~ Buddha
Sunday, January 01, 2012
RECIPE FOR A HAPPY NEW YEAR
Take twelve whole months.
Clean them thoroughly of all bitterness,
hate, and jealousy.
Make them just as fresh and clean as possible.
Now cut each month into twenty-eight, thirty, or
thirty-one different parts,
but don't make up the whole batch at once.
Prepare it one day at a time out of these ingredients.
Mix well into each day one part of faith,
one part of patience, one part of courage,
and one part of work.
Add to each day one part of hope,
faithfulness, generosity, and kindness.
Blend with one part prayer, one part meditation,
and one good deed.
Season the whole with a dash of good spirits,
a sprinkle of fun, a pinch of play,
and a cupfull of good humor.
Pour all of this into a vessel of love.
Cook thouroughly over radient joy,
garnish with a smile,
and serve with quietness, unselfishness,
You're bound to have a happy new year.
~ Author Unknown ~
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Today's SP "31 Days To Healthier Holidays" tip is,
"Set realistic goals. No one can expect to change a lifetime's worth of habits overnight. Select a few reasonable resolutions, and create an action plan to achieve them."
-new-year is reminding us (like we need it LOL!) that it's that time of year again: New Year's resolutions! Whether we love them or hate them, New Year's resolutions are a part of our yearly rituals and it's hard to avoid them. If you're used to setting resolutions and dropping them before February, here are some tips to help you keep those promises!
LESS IS MORE
Your New Year's resolutions should not read like a long, neverending grocery list. If you really want to keep your resolutions and improve your life, it's best to start off with a few goals that are really near and dear to you. In other words, don't bite off more than you can chew. If you vow to have 10 resolutions, you're bound to fail and feel overwhelmed.
RESOLVE TO TAKE BABY STEPS
Whether you're hoping to kick your smoking habit or lose 50 pounds, you need to set realistic goals. Setting up a resolution calendar can help you keep on track and avoid any pitfalls. Taking baby steps can help you really stick to your resolutions because you'll be able to really track your progress and feel good about how far you've come.
If you've got a major sweet tooth, are you really going to be able to give up desserts entirely? Likely not! Knowing your own strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes can help you gauge the level of your resolutions and help you set goals you're capable of realistically achieving. It's alright to challenge yourself, but don't make outrageous resolutions you're likely to abandon after a day or two just because it's the "right" thing to do.
"Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right." ~ Oprah Winfrey
Friday, December 30, 2011
Today's SP "31 Days To Healthier Holidays" tip is,
"Get some sun. It will help improve your mood and energy levels throughout the stressful season. Open your shades during the day, sit near windows when indoors, and spend some time outside each day."
ves/252 tells us that as the daylight grows shorter, lots of people find their mood gets gloomier. While some have diagnosed seasonal affective disorder (SAD), even people who don’t may still have a seasonal aspect to their depression. Talk to your doctor about trying a sun lamp. It could improve your mood.
Get some sun during midday if you can. Go for a walk during the lunch hour to get your daily dose of vitamin D and exercise!
"Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you." ~ Maori Proverb
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