9 Reasons To Love Yourself Even When It’s Difficult

The reasons to love yourself

Everyone wants to be loved.

However, the people surrounding you aren’t always capable of providing the love that you require. Starting in childhood, that lack of love can cause a ripple effect that could negatively affect you for the rest of your life.

But what most people fail to realize is that there is only one person whose love you really need in order to be happy and healthy– your own.

Learning to love yourself can be difficult, but it is such a necessary step to learning how to be happy. That is why below we are going to review nine important reasons to love yourself.

9 Important Reasons To Love Yourself

1) Loving yourself leads to happiness

Accepting who you are, and loving yourself is linked to increased satisfaction with life which leads to happiness. When you can understand that you aren’t perfect, and you have flaws, but you are still worthy of love and happiness, you give yourself permission to feel that happiness.

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2) Loving yourself reduces stress

Self-care is the physical act of self-love. When you start to take better care of yourself, you participate in more stress-relieving activities that can help you unwind after a difficult day.

Many people still believe that loving yourself is selfish, and taking care of yourself is weak and you just need to suck it up and power through the stress.

This type of thinking is toxic and can lead to increased stress, overwhelm, burnout, and even mental illness.

3) Loving yourself helps you to achieve your dreams

When you learn to love yourself you learn that your dreams are important and you deserve to achieve them. Loving yourself will provide you with the motivation, drive, and determination that it will take you to follow your dreams and make them come true.

3) Loving yourself inspires other people to love themselves

Loving yourself is harder than it sounds. It takes a lot of patience, understanding, and courage to confront parts of yourself that you might be trying to avoid.

However, when you develop a healthy relationship with yourself, it becomes contagious, and the people around you will start noticing how happy you are and will want the same thing for themselves.

Can you imagine how many people in your life you could inspire to become happier and healthier people?

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4) Loving yourself changes the way that you think

“Ugh, you are so stupid, why did you say that?”

“Duh. Of course that is the wrong answer.”

“You are so lazy. Put your phone down and go do the dishes.”

Have you ever said something like that to yourself before? Most people have an overly critical inner voice. You might think that voice is motivating, and you are just trying to push yourself to improve, but the chances are you are actually doing the opposite.

When you shame yourself, and beat yourself up, eventually your mind starts to believe all those negative statements. These negative statements lead to lower self-esteem and confidence which leads to less productivity, and more anxiety and stress.

However, when you love yourself and start to replace those negative statements with positive ones, you will literally be rewiring the way you think, and shifting your reality from negative thoughts and experiences to positive ones.

5) Loving yourself improves your relationships

Have you ever heard the saying that you need to learn to love yourself before you are able to love other people?

If you aren’t happy with yourself, you can’t rely on other people to make you happy. Those things that you don’t like about yourself will still exist with other people.

When you love yourself, you stop spending all of your time and energy being insecure and focused on yourself and how to be happy, and you will have more space to focus on the people around you.

They say you can’t pour from an empty cup. You can’t truly love other people and express that love in a healthy way if that cup is empty either.

6) Loving yourself helps you let go of the past

Are you someone who is still hung up on things that have already happened? From past relationships, regrets about choices you have made, or what-ifs, spending too much time stuck in the past isn’t healthy and it prevents you from being mindful.

Learning to love yourself involves healing from things that have happened in the past, accepting those experiences, and moving on so that you can appreciate your life as it is happening around you, and work towards the things you want for your future.

7) Loving yourself makes you stronger

Everyone experiences difficult times. During those struggles, it can be easy to fall back on bad habits and unhealthy coping mechanisms.

When you love yourself you become more resilient to stress and hard times. This doesn’t mean you will never be unhappy or have tough times going forward. It simply means that you will be faster to bounce back and it will become easier to deal with tough times.

8) You will find yourself

Sometimes, we aren’t struggling to love ourselves. The problem is that we don’t know who we are anymore.

Maybe we experienced a loss, or went though an extremely stressful time, or a time or great change, or a toxic relationship.

Whatever the reason may be, this can cause you to lose sight of yourself and who you really are deep down. When you are stuck in survival mode, it can be difficult to escape and get back to being the best version of yourself.

By learning to love yourself, you will be required to discover who you really are deep down, which is a good thing.

9) You will be empowered to take control of your life

Have you ever felt like you lost control of your life and now things were just happening to you, instead of you making them happen?

Feeling like you have lost control of your life is one of the worst feelings to have. Luckily, when you make the decision to love yourself, you are making the decision to regain control of your life.

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Some things to remember about loving yourself

Here are a few things to remember if you are serious about learning to love yourself:

  • It is hard. You will need to do the work, which may require you to confront truths about yourself that you have been avoiding.
  • The journey to self-love is a rollercoaster. Some days are easier than others.
  • It is worth it. Although it may be a difficult road, it is worth it.
  • It isn’t some quick fix. Once you experience self-love, all of your problems won’t magically disappear, but self-love will provide you with the tools to fix them.
  • You are worthy of love.

Final Thoughts On Reasons To Love Yourself…

The reasons to love yourself above may have been important, but the main reason to love yourself is because you deserve it. Everyone deserves love, and deserves to find happiness.

Although that may sound selfish to some, I believe that the world would be a better place if people worried more about taking better care of themselves and their own happiness instead of worrying so much about what the rest of the world thinks.

What are your thoughts?

Take care of yourself.

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