10 Little Ways To Love Yourself In Your 20s, When You Feel Like You Need It The Most

Sometimes, it can be easier to love others than to love yourself. As J-Lo once said “You’ve got to love yourself first. You’ve got to be okay on your own before you can be with someone else.” I couldn’t agree more.

We all get our down days, and sometimes, only we can make ourselves feel better. Life is all about happiness and self-love (as over-rated as that sounds). Right now, life might not be going to “plan” and is throwing all sorts of lemons at you.

Hang in there, you are not alone.

Loving oneself is essential to being happy and embracing the beautiful soul that you are. Your life can really improve if you show yourself some love with these top tips.

1. Practice gratitude

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People who focus on what they believe to be a blessing in life, tend to be healthier and happier. 

Practicing gratitude daily will make you appreciate the things you have in life, rather than focusing on the things that you don’t. Try listing down the things you are grateful for first thing in the morning, and when negative emotions try to swamp you, come back to your list.

2.  Forgive yourself

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You cannot change the past. However, you do have some control over what happens in your future. Stop thinking about what you ‘could’ve’ or ‘should’ve’ done. You did the best you could at the time with the understanding, awareness, and knowledge that you had.

Let it go and forgive yourself.

3.  Give yourself a break

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Honestly, stop comparing yourself to others. You are beautiful too. Focusing all your energy on comparing yourself to other people is seriously unhealthy. You are inevitably putting an immense amount of pressure on yourself, and everybody is on different paths.

4. Be kind to yourself

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Self-hatred is only hating your own thoughts.

Being kind to yourself is such an easy way to love yourself. Try writing down what you love about yourself, and stick them on your bathroom mirror. Each day when you look in the mirror, you will be surrounded by little positive things.

5. Exercise

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Exercise releases chemicals that make you happy. It also helps you to de-stress, thus giving you a clearer headspace. Try going for a run, or take an exercise class with friends. The more, the merrier, right?

6. Praise yourself

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Of course, everybody needs some constructive criticism in their lives. This helps us to grow as an individual. However, self-criticism breaks down our inner spirit while praise builds it up. Praise yourself as much as you can. Tell yourself how well you are doing with every little thing.

7. Make A List Of Your Accomplishments

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Creating a list of what you have achieved is a great way to fall in love with yourself. This makes you feel good about yourself, and find happiness from what you have accomplished.

8. Take Care Of Yourself

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Taking care of yourself is a challenge in itself. However, when you take good care of yourself, you will become the best version of yourself. Try eating healthier, going to bed earlier and cut down on the alcohol.

9. Learn To Say No To Others

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Sometimes, we do too much for other people, and we can forget about ourselves. We like to please people, but we can sometimes stretch ourselves to our limit.

Focus on yourself when you can, or if you are overwhelmed.

10. Look On The Bright Side

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As difficult as it may sound, rather than thinking negatively, try to think positively. The glass is half full, right? Of course, sometimes the grass may seem greener on the other side, but, there is also beauty right where you are.

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