Sometimes truly loving yourself isn’t as easy as it sounds. We all have days when we wake up feeling not so “in love” with ourselves because of something that we did the night before, or because of something that we failed to do just right. We are usually our own worst critic. But putting those occasional days aside, you should really focus on how awesome and amazing you are, and realize how much you deserve to be loved. How do you know if you are really giving yourself all the love that you deserve? Here are 11 signs that you are:
YOU ARE ALWAYS TRYING TO GET BETTER
People who love themselves want to get better, and to eventually reach their full potential. They know they are capable of great things and strive to achieve them. They take classes, they challenge themselves, they learn new skills, they look for new work opportunities, and they seek new relationships that will help them to grow as individuals.
YOU ARE CAREFUL ABOUT WHAT YOU EAT
If you really love yourself, you put your body and your health first. You realize that proper nutrition is one of the most valuable ways that you can show love for your body. So if you typically think about what you should and should not be eating, and you are careful about not giving in to unhealthy urges, then you know that you love yourself.
YOU EXERCISE ON A REGULAR BASIS
Right up there with good nutrition, regular exercise is one of the best ways that you can invest in yourself and in your health. People who really love themselves make exercise a priority. Even if they can’t do it every day, they make it a point to exercise at least a couple of times a week to take care of themselves and their physical (as well as mental) health.
YOU PLAN FOR THE FUTURE
If you periodically spend time thinking about what you need to do to ensure a happy and healthy future, then you do love yourself. If you didn’t, you wouldn’t invest your most valuable commodity (time) to make sure that you can attain what you need and want down the road.
YOU FOLLOW THROUGH ON YOUR GOALS
Setting goals is very important. But following through on your goals is even more important. That is the step that takes the real time, effort, and discipline. People who love themselves not only set goals, but work hard to achieve them. They know that they are worth the hard work. If you can count yourself among those people, then you know that you really do love yourself.
YOU LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP
If you love yourself, you don’t make rash and uninformed decisions. You know that you and your future are valuable, so you don’t risk them over a passing whim. You stop and think before making choices, both big and small. You know that you have too much to lose and deserve better than living your life by chance.
YOU PRACTICE DISCIPLINE
If you are able to practice discipline and sacrifice in the short term for the reward that you know will come down the road, then you really do love yourself. You know that you are worth the investment, and that any short-lived pleasure isn’t worth the possibility of missing out on a much more important future achievement.
YOU DON’T TRY TO PLEASE OTHER PEOPLE
The first person that you always try to please is you. That is the sign of someone who really loves themselves. You know that the only person you can rely on for your own happiness is you. Spending any effort trying to please other people before pleasing yourself just doesn’t make sense to people who truly love themselves. That’s not being selfish; that’s just taking care of yourself first.
YOU ARE NOT JEALOUS OF OTHER PEOPLE’S GOOD FORTUNE
People who love themselves are some of the most loving people you will meet. They not only show love for themselves, but for those around them as well. Just like they celebrate their own achievements, they also celebrate the achievements of others. If you are able to be sincerely happy for someone else, and not feel any jealousy, they you know that you really love yourself.
YOU ARE NOT BOTHERED BY CRITICISM
People who love themselves are confident and don’t let the opinions of others affect them negatively. If you can take criticism from other people with a grain of salt, and not allow it to affect how you think and feel about yourself, then you know that you do love yourself.
YOU ARE GENERALLY A HAPPY PERSON
Do you find that you are happy on more days than not? Do you rarely find yourself sulking about your situation? People who really love themselves know that they are wonderful and that they have many gifts to share and contributions to make. They have a positive outlook and don’t allow themselves to get bogged down by small, daily challenges or misfortunes.