Topics of body image, self love, and self care can all merit some pretty heavy discussions at times. And hey – sometimes the serious stuff is necessary to leave diet culture at the door and begin working on a healthy and happy relationship with your body. But let’s not forget that self love should be fun. It can be silly and even simple. There’s no need to feel overwhelmed by all the different body positive resources and self care tips out there. When in doubt and if you’re ever feeling sorta crummy, just remember one of these 12 stupidly simple reasons to love and celebrate YOU. And don’t forget to download the free worksheet below, so you can practice and personalize your own 12 reasons to love yourself (no matter how stupidly simple they may be!)
1). I’m As Me As It Gets
There will never be anyone else that can ever be you, or even get close. How’s that for simple? There’s power in individuality. Without even digging a little deeper to say there is nobody who can ___ like me, there’s nobody who is ___ like I am, just rejoice in the simple fact that you are as you as it gets. If you believe in a higher power, how cool is it that he or she thought this amazing world needed one of you too? If you don’t believe in a higher power, just remember that just like nobody can ever be Queen Bey, nobody can ever be you either
2). I Contribute to the World
No matter who you are, you add something to your environment. You enrich the lives of others in some way. You don’t have to donate millions like the Bill Gates Foundation to make a difference. Every time you show someone kindness, you have contributed. Every time you help a sibling with homework, toss something in the recycling bin, or encourage a friend you are contributing something positive to the universe that wouldn’t be there without you. That deserves some major self lovin’.
3). I Am Capable
Your story is just beginning, so whether or not it’s been filled with self love and confidence up to this point, doesn’t matter. Anything you’ve ever wanted to do, considered, or felt was a distant pipe dream is possible. Love yourself because you are able to take your passions and skills and apply them to anything you want to. That kind of opportunity deserves endless admiration.
4). I’m My Pet’s BFF
Have you ever stopped to think about just how much your dog / cat / lizard / koala loves you? You’re probably the center of its world and its greatest source of joy (other than meal time). When I think about cuddling with my little fur ball, I instantly feel happier. So love yourself if for no other reason than your pet thinks you’re pretty dang amazing. PS if you have a pet koala, please invite me over like yesterday.
5). I Look Just Like Someone I Love
If you’ve ever been less than kind to yourself about your appearance, you’re not alone. But when you remember that parts of you resemble someone in your family you love and respect, it makes it a lot harder to be down on your looks. It doesn’t have to be your parents if you’re not close with them. Maybe its a grandparent or cousin that always makes you smile. The fact that you share genes with someone pretty amazing gives you one more reason to love looking in the mirror.
6). I Can Save Lives
I remember the first time I donated blood. Sure, the needle was kinda freaky looking but the thought of taking ten minutes out of my day to save lives? That’s priceless. On the list of qualities worth loving and celebrating, being a hero is pretty high up there. So if you’ve ever donated blood or platelets, give yourself a hug of self love because you’re the reason someone else gets to continue making memories. You’re somebody’s hero.
7). I’m Collecting Knowledge
If you’re reading this list right now, congratulations, you know how to consume and compile knowledge from the web. I’d venture to guess that you even read a book here and there. All of that knowledge you’ve read, regardless of whether you talk about it or write about it, is making society function better. The more knowledge that members of a society collects, the better and stronger that society functions. It’s basic history and evolution. So go you. A whole society loves you.
8) I’m Beautiful
You may not believe it yet, but the truth is that there is someone (likely TONS of someones) out there that finds you stunningly beautiful. Not just for your gorgeous features but because of your mind, the way it works, and how you are. Beauty like that should be cherished every day.
9). I Keep Myself Safe
Did you ever stop to think about just how many processes occur in your body every millisecond to keep you safe and healthy? From your protective skin on the outside to your illness fighting cells on the inside – what does a pimple or two or some cellulite matter? Love yourself because aside from its looks, your body protects you with every fiber of its being.
10). I Have Lived Through Difficult Times
There’s no way it’s been totally smooth sailing since the moment you popped out of the womb until landing on this post. No, you’ve struggled. You’ve cried. You’ve felt broken. But you also survived. You triumphed despite feeling like you wanted it all to end. Feel proud of your journey, and show love for that strength. You’ve come this far, and there’s no stopping you now!
11). I Make Time Count
There are few things as precious as time spent with friends and family. Whenever you choose to engage with your loved ones instead of diving into your phone, or Instagram, or the web – you are investing in those precious memories. That’s something that mature and lovable people do. Don’t get me wrong, being online can be fun (especially when you’re on my website 😉 ) but making time for the ones who count is a quality worth loving.
12). I Inspire Others
If you look for ways to make the world a better place and get others involved in doing so too sometimes, you are making the world a brighter place. You’d love someone else for that, right? Show yourself the same amount of unrestricted, unparalleled, unconditional love that you would anyone else who is as amazing as you are.
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