When you stare into the mirror what do you see? Do you only see your own reflection, or do you see more deeply? If you can affirm to the latter then you are most fortunate in knowing yourself on a deeper level and are therefore truly blessed. My guess is that there are many women who need to take more time on self-reflection in order to discover that place of love within.
In the current wake of challenging economic times along with the added pressures of everyday life, it can be difficult to focus only on your own well-being. But taking time to love yourself doesn’t have to be just another added task to your “to do” list. You can start by letting only positive thoughts and affirmations guide your attitude towards life and others. Don’t allow negativity to invade your space. Negative people and situations take away from the focus of putting “you” first.
Another way to love you is to treat yourself. Who says that you have to wait for your birthday, holiday, or any other special occasion to indulge in something you want for yourself? If it makes you feel good inside then you should go for it, and it doesn’t have to be extravagant; you could watch your favorite movie, take a relaxing bubble bath, read your favorite book, or even enjoy a nice glass of wine after a long hard day.
Also, take care of your health. The saying “you are what you eat” holds true. Make sure you love your body by taking care of what you put into it and by exercising regularly. Exercising releases endorphins, a natural chemical in the brain which can produce a happy mood.
There is so much more that you can do to create and celebrate self-love, so feel free to indulge! But one of the most important things you can do for yourself is to love your own reflection, despite any flaws you may see on the inside or out; this is called acceptance, and it is a wonderful, glorious place from within for you to be.

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  • Vickie
    November 8, 2010 at 5:05 am

    A book that I will always recommend is, "All The Joy You Can Stand," by Debrena Jackson-Gandy. . .put her name in your browser and visit her website. . .That book changed my life and was one of my tools to lose over 100 pounds! I recommended the book to my mom, and she told her friends about it.

    I agree with what the article talks about relative to affirmations, which I call mental programming. You literally have to program your mind every day, for substantial periods of time. Then, over time, you will have a mindset of positivism, and when adversity comes, you will not trip as hard or long.


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