When we are stressed and experiencing anxiety we tend to be the most unkindest to ourselves. During these times we need to show ourselves the same love and kindness that we show to the people around us. Even though we feel we are doing our best to maintain healthy relationships, by not focusing on ourselves and practicing self care we can be harming those relationships. When we are not caring for ourselves we do not present our best self and this can cause tension and frustration between you and your family, friends and colleagues.
Practicing self love can be difficult for most of us to begin with as we dont want to engage in self praise. However, that does not mean we should shy away from it. An easy method to try practicing Self Love is ‘The Mirror Technique’.
The technique is simple. Every morning for a week, start your day by standing in front of your mirror and stating out loud three things you love about yourself. For example, you are proud of yourself or that you like the color of your hair. The next day, pick three different things. It might feel awkward or pointless at first but repeating these positive affirmations allows them to travel to a deeper level in your consciousness. By repeating this daily you will begin to embrace parts of yourself that you usually would not. If it works for you, keep it going after the week is over. You can do it everyday or on the days you need a little extra self love boost.
Remember you can’t be perfect, because no one is. What you can do is love the person in the mirror looking back at you.