5 Daily Self-Love Tips

1. Seek support.

Just because you’re struggling doesn’t mean you have to struggle alone. Enlist what Gabrielle Bernstein calls “spiritual running buddies” to encourage you on the down days and celebrate with you during the up days.

2. Have a simple mantra.

Bernstein’s recommendation is “sat nam,” which means, “Truth is my name.” The first few times you’ll try meditation will be frustrating. Your mind will wander and fight against the stillness. Just keep returning to your mantra and focus on your breathing

3. Carve out time for yourself.

It can be as simple as a warm bath before bed or 15 minutes to read your favorite book every morning. You can’t expect to love anyone else if you don’t love yourself first.

4. Be vulnerable.

Opening yourself up to love and true connection is difficult. We spend years, even decades, building walls against the possibility of pain. Set aside time to connect with your partner or close friend by reading a page from your journal or sharing past memories.

5. Let go of control.

Attempting to control our lives is not only ineffective, it’s also our ego proclaiming that we don’t need help. Practice daily control-releasing exercises. For example, the next time you’re running late for a meeting and everything seems to be going wrong, stop, take a deep breath and release your perceived control.

Related: Gabby Bernstein Shows You How to Love Yourself First

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Cecilia Meis is a full-time writer and editor based in Dallas, Texas. Besides SUCCESS, her work has appeared in Time Out Dallas, Rewire, Healthline and others. Outside of work, she plays beach volleyball, attempts home cooking and is ardently working toward making her cat, Nola, Insta-famous.

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  1. Lois on August 1, 2018 at 4:34 pm

    I have been working so hard for my life to be happy. Since the last couple of months it’s been a roller coaster of emotions. A long time ago I realized that the small things in life are the best. I haven’t had very many of those since my husbands surgery 2016. I would have to say that it’s been about 2 or 3months since I have been able to notice the small things again. Today is an example of an awesome small things.
    My daughter has turned 21 the beginning of 2018 and I have been paying for her health and car insurance and her phone bill. So when she got her car she was going to get her own car insurance. The pour lady at StateFarm did something on the computer that bless her heart too a month and a half to get it undone. (We ALL screw up some time in our lives.) Anyway she was so excited to call me and let me know that my monthly bill will not be $400 , which is what happened when the computer did it’s own thing,, that know it will be about $125. Things like this are small things that I will appreciate for the rest of my life. I have one other thing to say, “No matter how low you get in life there is always a bright side. Sometimes you have to dig extremely hard but there will be some sort of light at the end of the tunnel. “. I lost that out look for quite some time but thank the Lord almighty I have it back. I hope that this will help some one in there life.

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