I love myself. I love myself. I love myself.
Have you ever stood in front of the mirror and told yourself that you are loved, respected and appreciated? Or do you stay away from mirrors and berate yourself for not being healthy like other people, or 100% perfect?
Truth is, no one is perfect. We all make mistakes. Situations (like chronic disease) happen to good people and we simply have to learn to deal with it. Yes, you have a chronic illness. Yes, it isn’t fair. But your life is meaningful and you do have a purpose!
You are wonderful. You are unique. You are a fantastic human being. You have the power to change the direction of your life and you too can be happy even if you are not the spokesperson for perfect health.
You can love yourself and feel all the love this life has to offer; however, you must be willing to see yourself in a new way. You must be willing to love yourself despite your health challenges and do everything you can to make your life happier.
You have to be willing to see that you desire everything good that life has to offer. You deserve to win!
Not sure how to begin, right? I understand completely. I’ve been there and I know how difficult it is to get started on a unconditional love-yourself plan.
Here are some proven strategies to help you get started:
Accept Your Uniqueness
You are special. Your life is precious and you are a gift. The fact that you’re willing to work on loving yourself is proof that you innately know how important it is to do so. Love can change the world and make everything better. Love is the glue that can help you maneuver through painful flare-ups, bothersome symptoms, and other physical nuisances. Love is the medicine you need to take daily.
Remember, you are a warrior and you must change your mindset to change your life. If you’ve been holding on to a victim mentality and chastising your body for letting you down, stop. Your body is doing its best right now and needs to be supported. Berating it won’t help.
Instead of focusing on the negative, ignore those things you cannot change and embrace those that you can. After all, there is always something good in every person’s life, starting with life itself! Just being here is a tremendous gift. You are a gift to the world.
Through your chronic illness, you have the power to inspire and influence others and make their lives better!
Watch Your Controlling Instinct
Avoid the urge to control your chronic illness to the point of forgetting everything and everyone else around you. Don’t get so focused on making your illness go away that you stop enjoying life in the present. Instead, work toward easing symptoms and getting healthier while loving and accepting yourself exactly as you are – not 100% healthy. Choose to find love, happiness, and joy outside of your illness – with family, friends, a new project, work, or new experiences.
There Is No Perfect Person or Life
No one is perfect, not even those who think they are. Everyone has issues. We live in an imperfect world surrounded by imperfect people. However, those that choose love instead of hate have a much more fulfilling and peaceful life than those who do not.
Release Your Fears, Let Go of Your Inner Critic, and Be Happy
It is quite likely that you will continue to deal with bothersome symptoms and bad days – but you’ll also have good days as well. Address your fears, take charge of your life and figure out possible solutions for these situations. Choose to love yourself and accept your condition now, not when you get better. Learn to love your life and release anger toward your chronic illness. Practice gratitude and be thankful for those things you can change.
In conclusion, look in the mirror three times a day and tell yourself that you are loved and appreciated. Take the time to do something nice for yourself every day. Treat yourself the way you’d want to be treated and watch your heart blossom, your spirit and mind run free, and your body relax.
Love yourself now – love yourself fully!