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Learning to love yourself...

Can you honestly say that you love yourself? It is so easy to focus on your faults, and everyone can dwell on their insecurities instead of the things about themselves that they are happy with.

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Text: Lyndsay Jensen

As we celebrate February as the month of love (note to partners not to forget Valentine's day flowers), I'd like to talk to you about accepting and loving yourself and why it helps, especially as you negotiate the cultural mismatches living in Denmark. It’s good to find the best ways for you personally to love yourself, as you will most likely learn new things about yourself and start trying new things in the process.

I've put together some simple steps for you to follow, and I believe you will feel so much happier and can truly say that you love and accept who you are when putting them into practice. Here are my top seven self-love tips you can try today to discover how to love yourself and own your confidence!

#1 Forgive yourself for your mistakes

Reflecting on your mistakes can help you to forgive and forget. If you can look back at some poor choices you may have made, and forgive yourself, you can start to move on and forget about the past. Loving yourself despite any mistakes you made in the past is great for your self-worth.

#2 Surprise yourself

Try things out of your control, and say yes to things you would not normally say yes to. This will also help you with getting to know yourself. You may find out that you enjoy things you never realised or tried before. Try and get out of your comfort zone and see what happens (it will most likely be positive!).

#3 Start a journal

To all you wannabe bloggers out there! If you can write down your thoughts and feelings, you can go back at a later date and see how you coped with certain situations.

This is also a positive way for you to get rid of any negative experiences and feelings, helping you to focus on the good things and learn from the bad.

#4 Learn how to love yourself by saying no to others

Sometimes we do too much for people, we like to please other people, so we tend to stretch ourselves too thin and commit to everything we can. We can forget to look after ourselves sometimes, so that’s why it is good to say no. Focus on yourself when you can, or if you are overwhelmed.

#5 Make a vision board

Visualising your goals is a good way to feel motivated and excited about your future. You can focus on your dreams and start to love your life and yourself.

If you are unsure of how to make a vision board, take a look at our guide on how to visualise.

#6 Give yourself credit

Just like when you list your accomplishments, it’s good to actually celebrate your achievements. Tell others about what you have done, share your experience, and be proud of what you have done. Give yourself the credit you deserve.

#7 Take care of yourself

This one probably seems obvious, but taking care of yourself plays a big part in learning how to love yourself, and a lot of people do not do it. If you take care of yourself, you will be the best version of yourself.

You can use the Law Of Attraction to start to work towards the life that you want to live, which includes loving yourself.

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