Life Lessons

Love Yourself In 10 Practical Ways

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Love yourself
Love yourself. 
You only have one you.

Written for The Praying Woman

You don't have to be told to love yourself or to be taught on how to do it.
But do we really do it? 

Allow me to remind you (and myself) on how to REALLY love yourself and show it.

Love Yourself In 10 Practical Ways

Get lots of rest. 

Working hard has it's rewards but don't let yourself get overworked. Learn to prioritize so that you won't be behind your schedule and compromise yourself. You need 6-8 hours of sleep everyday. Don't abuse your health by staying up late doing nothing important or sweating the small stuff.

Invest wisely.

Because you don't want to starve if you have to or want to stop working. 
Because you would want to afford your own medicine when you get old and sick.
Because you don't want to be a burden to your family when you retire.
Because you would still want to enjoy life traveling, eating in restaurants your heart desires, buying stuff you like or starting a new hobby in the years to come.

Remove toxic people from your life.

As I often mention in this blog, toxic people will suck the energy out of you until you've got none left. You can't love yourself but allow others to treat you badly. Walk away from vampires. Or love them from a distance (concept from Bo Sanchez's teachings). Protect yourself from abuse in all forms.

Stop chasing the wrong person, stop hanging out with the wrong crowd.

This is different from #3 because this is being with the wrong company deliberately. This is knowing what's right for you but sticking with what's wrong.

Make the right choice.

Select the healthier option when deciding what to eat.
Always think about the consequences of your actions.
Choose the pain of training and work over pain of regrets and failure.

Encourage yourself.

Zig Ziglar said "Motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily." Do what you can to encourage yourself.

Laugh hard and laugh often.

Here's another quote: "Laughter is the best medicine." Studies back this up by showing the benefits of laughter in our body. Watch comedy films, read funny books, hang out with funny people.


Make more time for your passion as it fires you up like no other.

Listen to what your body is telling you.

If you're tired, rest.
If you're hurt, cry and don't hold back.
If you're bothered, deal with your issue.
If you don't feel well, it must be an indication of something. Don't just take medicine and numb the pain.

For the faithful, worship more.

Worshiping nourish the soul. And when you nourish your soul, beautiful things happen in your life.

For the unbeliever, I think you can focus more on your goals to also find purpose or drive. I'm not sure how that works for you. Maybe you can share in the comment box below.

My final word:
Love yourself. You only have one you.

How do you love yourself?

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  1. I love the 'Remove toxic people from your life'....I mean...that is #1 on my list tho......Lovely post Lux...

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  2. Happiness and loving yourself is something every needs. I do think I make sure I do enough things that make me happy, and that I want to do. I don't believe I have toxic people in my life. But just as I do some of these things, I know I lack in some of the others. I think I should work on encouraging myself more, as well as others around me. Thanks for your inspiring post <3

    1. Congrats on having zero toxic people in your life, Olivia.

  3. Lux, I love this! At bakit wala ito sa thought catalog?! haha I love number 3 and 4!

    1. Thanks, Karrie. Baka hindi dn nila iapprove sa tcat. Nanotice ko lang, mas gusto nila ipublish ang mga controversial, ayaw nila ng mga pa-feel good na posts. Dito na lang :)

  4. This is a great list to follow. I really like nine and ten. I believe "rest" can be found when you take time to "worship." Thanks again for your encouragement and advice.

    1. Thanks, Dale. We rest when we worship indeed.

  5. Great list of encouragement! I would also add the ability to balance life. For me, that means learning to say "no" to too many outside commitments. If I am frenzied trying to get "here and there" and do "this and that" I fall apart!

    1. Life balance is vital. Thanks for pointing that out.