As a teenager, I was thin and constantly teased about it. I know what you’re thinking, but yes, you can be teased for being too thin.
Even though I was athletic and intelligent, somehow I thought my body made me less attractive than the pretty girls in my class. All of those girls and their boyfriends were in the “clique”, while I was an introvert living for books and music.
Everything changed when my family moved to a new city. Suddenly, I was popular, had lots of friends, and even a boyfriend. That’s when it hit me. I felt loved.
For a long time, I continued to look to men to affirm my self-worth, until I decided to finally face my fear and insecurity. That is when I discovered the way to feel loved at all times, no matter what.
I had to provide that love for myself. And, I began to be able to do that, for all of me!
Many people base their ideas of love and relationships off of such turbulent teenage times. It’s natural to do so. They’re called your formative years for a reason!
But here are three ways to remember that you love yourself (even if you don’t feel like it sometimes).
- Show yourself love. Whether you need to pamper yourself at the spa or allow yourself to sleep in, give yourself a gift that is nourishing to your mind, body, and/or spirit.
- Write a positive statement about yourself. Put it somewhere you will see it while you are getting ready in the mornings.
- On a business or 3×5 card, write a list of 5 different ways you can show yourself love easily on a regular basis. Keep this list in your wallet or purse so you can refer to it any time you need to boost your love for yourself.
Share in the comments… what (if any) is your condition for feeling loved? That “one thing” that has to be in place for you to experience feeling loved?