Be Your Own Valentine: The Importance of Self-Acceptance

Published Date 2/13/2016
Under: Love, Relationships & Family



Take the time to get centered and practice self-acceptance

The practice of self-acceptance is one of the best gifts that you can give yourself. Stop being so hard on yourself and learn how to be your biggest fan. Here are six simple ways to practice self-acceptance and learn to love yourself. 


Practice Relaxed Awareness

Relaxed awareness is a casual consciousness of our thoughts, feelings, and judgments. It is an awareness of our existence, along with all that is happening in the moment, including our thoughts, emotions, and outside stimuli.


Close your eyes. Instead of pushing thoughts away or focusing on your breath, tune in to your thoughts, feelings, and body. If negative thoughts and feelings come up, just acknowledge them. Don’t try to turn them into positive thoughts or push them away. Try this practice for five to 30 minutes a day.


Create a Self-Love Ritual

Turn off your television, smartphone, and computer. Unplug from all distractions for 15 minutes to get centered while you practice some self-pampering. Speak with an online clairvoyant for ideas for the most effective ways to pamper yourself. Relax with your favorite cup of tea or moisturize and massage your hands, feet, face, and body. As you focus on yourself, think about how your body is a vessel to be loved and cared for. Take this time to consider all that you're grateful for, and embrace your life with gratitude and positivity.


Let Go of Self-Judgement

Once you start practicing relaxed awareness, you will notice feelings of self-judgement. We constantly compare ourselves to others and rate ourselves based on others' appearances or actions. Having these negative thoughts is not helpful in the long run. Try to embrace these thoughts and analyze them. After acknowledging that self-judgment repeatedly causes you pain, you will be happy to let these thoughts go the next time they pop into your head.


Take Note of the People Around You

Take note of the people you spend time with, why you spend time with them, and how you feel in their presence. If any of the people close to you speak negatively about you, reconsider the impact of your interactions and relationship.


Build a Support System

Everyone needs support from people around them to stay positive and motivated. Positive energy is contagious, as is negative energy. It is important to have a valued community around you. Surround yourself with people who value you, and distance yourself from people who bring you down. Chat with a psychic online for advice on how to stick to your practice of self-support and self-love.


Forgive Yourself

Past regrets can prevent you from practicing self-acceptance. Instead, forgive yourself and move forward. Recognize that you made a decision based on the information you had at the time. In hindsight, you may realize the decision was wrong, but at the time it might have seemed like the best choice. Try your best to learn from the experience. 


You don't need to practice all of these techniques all of the time. Try out a couple of these approaches and find what works best for you.


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