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Finding Happiness Within: The Importance of Loving Yourself

In today's fast-paced world, it's easy to forget to take care of yourself and prioritize your mental and emotional well-being. However, it's important to remember that loving yourself and tending to your personal needs is essential to finding true happiness and life fulfillment. When you intentionally love yourself by accepting your perfect and in-progress versions, it allows you to develop a positive self-image that improves confidence and contentment.


Why is self-love important for happiness?

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Self-love requires you to support your entire well-being, including your physical, mental, and emotional needs. Positive self-care practices, such as getting enough sleep, eating healthy foods, and exercising regularly contribute to living optimally but lack essential tools to experience a happy and fulfilled life. Your mental and emotional well-being helps you accept who you are, love who you are, honor who you are, and commit to a journey of self-improvement.

Don't neglect your mind while focusing on your body.

Happiness or Life Fulfillment?

There is often some confusion between "happiness" and "life fulfillment." While they both describe positive feelings of contentment and joy, they are not interchangeable. Happiness is a fleeting emotion that is often dependent on external circumstances. It is more likely to be experienced when everything is going well and less likely during challenging times.

Life fulfillment is an internal state that is not dependent on external circumstances. When you have a clear sense of who you are, you can experience joy and contentment even in the face of external challenges. The key to experiencing fulfillment is to focus on getting to know yourself better.


It's common to become fixated on pursuing happiness and relying on others to provide it. However, this can be dangerous. When you take charge of your journey toward fulfillment, it becomes less about pleasing others and more about how you feel. By attaining this awareness, and connecting to good feeling experiences, you can discover your true purpose, realize your aspirations, find your voice, and genuinely live your best life.


If you keep looking out to find what can only be found within, you will constantly spiral down a hole of darkness.

The key to achieving happiness and life fulfillment is to focus on understanding yourself and the things that make you who you are. Reflect on your personality traits, values, emotions, and why you do what you do. When you intentionally work to discover more about yourself, it elevates your ability to identify what truly makes you happy and fulfilled. You don't have to choose or settle for happiness alone. You can experience happiness and life fulfillment, but this requires you to chase more than material possessions, money, relationships, or other external factors. The level of PURE JOY you are searching for can only be unlocked when you surrender and dive deep into yourself.


Why Self-Love is the BEST, Love!

Self-love represents the practice of nurturing and caring for yourself. It is an intentional act that should include treating yourself with kindness, compassion, and respect. Self-love helps you recognize your worth and care for your physical, emotional, and mental well-being. Many mental and emotional issues that impact your self-esteem and confidence, like stress and anxiety, can be resolved when you pour the love that you would usually give to others into yourself first.


Self-love is the plug that electrifies every relationship you will experience.

When you love and accept yourself, you are better at setting healthy boundaries, making positive choices, and building stronger relationships with others. The practice of self-love requires regular attention and effort, but the benefits are worth the investment.


Self-Love Looks Like:

  • Spending moments with yourself in deep reflection about who you are and what you want in life

  • Engaging in positive activities that make you happy

  • Understanding your challenges, pains, and trauma so that you may do the work to overcome and heal

  • Saying No to people, places, and things that zap your energy or try to make you feel less than how you see yourself

  • Accepting yourself, flaws and all, and committing to a journey to progression

  • Acknowledging that you are 1 of 1 and there's no need to compare yourself to others

  • Forgiving yourself of poor choices and decisions you made in the past

  • Making a conscious decision to no longer conform to the world's opinion of you and accept how God sees you

  • Extending your love to others and treating people with a kind, loving, and generous spirit

  • Honoring who you are and living a life of intention to do what you love

  • Speaking positive to and about yourself and refraining from self-judgment, criticisms, and self-hate

  • Focusing only on what you can control while releasing what is not your responsibility.


In this fast-paced world, it is time for you to slow down, spend time with yourself, and prioritize your mental and emotional well-being. You may lose some things in the process that you attained when you didn't love yourself, but everything meant to be yours will fall into place faster than any hustle or grind can produce.


It's cool to nurture your body by taking a bath, getting a facial, or doing your nails, but make sure that in addition to those things, you - on the inside - feel good and are at peace with yourself. By doing so, you are developing the strength to face challenges in your future and giving yourself the permission to breathe, relax into yourself, and bloom as you were designed to.

 

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Dr. Amirah B. Abdullah

Amirah B. Abdullah, DrPH

A Mindfulness Coach with a passion for helping you build the muscle that influences everything you do. For Your Inner G is committed to helping individuals improve their mental, spiritual, and emotional well-being to support and encourage adulting success.


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