After all, it’s easy to fall in love with another person… or at least convince yourself that you have.
We’ve all been there.
Thought, “he’s the one!" Or, “she’s perfect" … after just a few dates. Perhaps even on the first date.
The conversation is going well… he makes your heart race… she makes you laugh… you want the same things out of life.
Or so you think.
To be honest, often the love we feel for another person is an inadvertent projection of what we are feeling or want for ourselves. So if you know how to love yourself, you’ll know what your soul craves in a mate.
Like I said, falling in love is easy… learning how to love yourself is the tricky part.
Not to mention, a crucial piece of the puzzle when it comes to forming a lasting relationship with someone else.
For instance, if you don’t like how shy you are… you may find yourself seeking out a mate who is exceptionally outgoing.
And that’s ok.
Every yin needs its yang.
Every yin needs its yang. You need to love yourself so you can love others.
But what is not ok are things like depression and self doubt.
Those are not healthy feelings… and yet a very real problem today that people are only starting to talk about openly.
Sadly, their talent was not the reason their faces made the cover of countless magazines this past June… but rather their tragic suicides.
And while their celebrity status doesn’t make their deaths any more important than that of the quiet father who lost his job recently and saw no options other than to take his own life… Bourdain and Spade’s tales have brought this very dark topic more mainstream.
You never know how much someone is struggling.
So when it comes to figuring out how to love yourself, it’s important to have a healthy support system.
But it’s also important to recognize the signs within yourself… telling you that you may have a problem.
Most people hide their insecurities well.
They hide depression even better.
In this article, I am going to provide 13 tips on how to love yourself more.
Stay with me.
Happiness is attainable for us all… it may just take a little work at times.
Tip #1: Wake Up Every Morning to a Compliment
Ok. No, I’m not suggesting that you get out of bed and force your significant other to tell you how beautiful you are.
That would be nice, but not very realistic.
What I am suggesting, however, is that you open your eyes and quietly pay yourself a compliment.
I don't’ know about you, but I believe in second chances.
I believe in happy endings.
And I believe you deserve one.
Practicing these 13 tips every day will put you well on your way to mastering how to love yourself.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Nicole Krause has been writing both personally and professionally for over 20 years. She holds a dual B.A. in English and Film Studies. Her work has appeared in some of the country’s top publications, major news outlets, online publications and blogs. As a happily married (and extremely busy) mother of four… her articles primarily focus on parenting, marriage, family, finance, organization and product reviews.