The idea of practicing self-love can be daunting. We’re constantly facing internal and external challenges, such as busy schedules that make pausing for self-love or self-care seem impossible.
However, taking small steps each day or week to take care of and love yourself can help you better manage daily challenges and put more passion into what you do. In fact, research shows that having more self-compassion — being kind to yourself, recognizing your place in humanity and practicing mindfulness — builds resilience in the face of adversity.
Self-compassion doesn’t need to involve big changes to your mindset, appearance or habits. Instead, try using these five tips from the MHFA curriculum to build self-compassion and self-love for who you are and what makes you unique.
Another important part of practicing self-love is recognizing when we might need help. If you’re struggling with feelings of anxiety or depression, take care of yourself and your mental health by asking for support. You can reach out to your primary care physician or a mental health professional for additional information.
You can also contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Helpline at 800-985-5990, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or text MHFA to 741741 to talk to a Crisis Text Line counselor.
Self-love is a journey that takes time. By taking these small steps every day, you can #BeTheDifference for yourself and those around you.