the best self-love resources

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This post is part of Just Love Yourself Month, an exciting new addition to the Positively Present! This month of self-love is inspired by my new workbook, Loving Your Self, which was designed to empower and inspire self-love. Learn more (and pick up your copy!) here

 

It's the end of Just Love Yourself Month here at Positively Present, and all month long we've been talking about the best ways to embrace self-love. Loving yourself can be a really big challenge, no matter who you are, so I wanted to end the month with a round-up of resources to help you whenever you feel like you're struggling in the self-love department. 

Curated from my own self-love journey and some serious self-love research, the list below includes websites, books, e-books, courses, articles (and more!) that have helped me or could help you experience more self-love in my life. It's a lot of information, but I hope you'll come back to it any time you're in need of a self-love boost! 

 

WEBSITES

Danielle LaPorte : a self-loving guru's amazing advice

Tiny Buddha : self-love (and life!) inspiration

Anastasia Amour : no bullshit body image advice

Hiya Tootsie : bold inspiration for out-of-the-box dreaming

The Pep Talk Generator : a perfect pick-me-up site

Abundance Tapestry : great self-love articles and more

Operation Beautiful : put an end negative self-talk

Self Compassion : learn to embrace compassion

Madly In Love With Me : a resource reclaiming self-love 

Self-Esteem Project : Dove's mission to improve self-esteem

 

BOOKS

Loving What Is : a life-changing book on acceptance

The Desire Map : a book for creating meaningful goals

How to Love Yourself : a guide for getting started on self-love

Reform Your Inner Mean Girl : end the self-bullying

Madly in Love with Me : how to become your own best friend

Art Doodle Love : a creative journal for self-discovery

The Self-Esteem Workbook : use this to find your awesomeness

Boundaries : a book for setting healthy boundaries

Tiny Buddha's Guide to Loving Yourself : a book of self-love wisdom

Inside Out : a new book from Anastasia Amour in November

Learning to Love Yourself : a workbook for unconditional self-love

The Gifts of Imperfection : a book for embracing who you are

Spirit Junkie : a book for radical self-love and miracles

Love Yourself, Heal Your Life : a must-read self-love tome

Choosing Me Before We : learn to put yourself first

Love Who You Are : a little book of self-love inspiration

 

EBOOKS

Loving Your Self : a workbook for increasing self-love

Finding Your Self : a workbook for soul-searching self-discovery 

21-Day Self-Love Challenge : use this to create a habit of self-love

The ABCs of Self-Love : e-book inspiration for loving yourself

Self-Compassion : a guide for mindful compassion and self-love

Desire Map Workbook : a digital workbook for self-searching

 

COURSES / ETC. 

Radical Self-Love Letters : self-love delivered right to your in-box

Pinterest / Love Yourself : my on-going round-up of self-love

The Self-Esteem Course : a 12-week self-esteem booster

Radical Self-Love Bible School : I did this and loved it

Self-Love Bootcamp : get yourself in self-loving gear

The Self Love Revolution : an 8-week course on self-worth

Desire Map Graphic Maker : pretty images of what you want

Truthbomb Card Deck : these cards are so self-love inspiring

Everyday Self-Love : a course to help build daily self-love 

The Fierce Love Course : for activating your best self

Free (!) Self-Confidence Course : a self-esteem booster 

Unlock Your Courage Toolkit : another great, free resource

Self-Love Reminders : a free printable I created years ago

  

ARTICLES

Speak Positively about Yourself : with a downloadable list of inspiring words

10 Easy Ways to Love Yourself More Today : start self-love now

Are You Who You Want to Be? : plus a free permission slip printable!

Self-Love Quotes : get inspired with these GoodReads quotes

55 Ways to Love Your Gorgeous Self : so many self-love tips here

Simple Ways to Love Yourself Again : if you've lost that lovin' feeling

How to Respect Yourself : don't ever settle for less than the best

(Self) Love is a Battlefield : an inspiring read on self-love

30 Ways to Love Yourself : an excellent round-up of tips

How to Embrace Imperfections : 4 great tips for acceptance

100 Questions : discover more about you with this Q&A

Positively Present / Self-Love : a collection of all my self-love posts

 

It's my sincerest hope that this round of books, inspiration, articles, etc. will help you on your own self-love journey. Self-love is such an important aspect of living a positive, present life, but most of us live in societies that work hard to prevent us from truly loving who we are. If we want self-love, we have to work for it and keep working on it every single day.

If you know of any great self-love resources, please feel free to leave them in the comments section below and I'll try to add them to this list!   


JLY month : 100 questions to discover yourself

Questions-Answers

This post is part of Just Love Yourself Month, an exciting new addition to the Positively Present! This month of self-love is inspired by my new workbook, Loving Your Self, which was designed to empower and inspire self-love. Learn more (and pick up your copy!) here.  This post is also part of the 2015 Word of the Month series, based on the monthly theme featured in the Every Day Matters 2015 Diary I designed for Watkins Publishing. In the planner, each month has a theme highlighted in the weekly illustrations, quotes, and activities. This month's theme is LEARN. (Order your 2016 Diary here!) 

 

If someone asked you, "Do you know who you are?" you'd probably quickly respond with, "Yes, of course I do!" We all know ourselves to some extent, but we're always growing and changing and, as a result, sometimes we're not really paying attention to who we are and what matters most to us. We're often to busy to worry about questioning the essence of who we are (or, in some cases, we don't necessary want to take the time to figure it out), but understanding yourself — learning about who you are — is an important part of loving yourself. 

Of course, like so many worthwhile pursuits, this isn't a simple task. Learning about yourself isn't something you can do in an afternoon. Who You Are isn't a book you can pull off the shelf and skim through for answers. (Well, it probably is a book title, but not a book written about you and what it means to be you.) Learning about yourself takes time and interest and dedication. It also takes overcoming the notion that such an act would be self-indulgent and maybe even selfish. 

Self-knowledge is a stepping stone to self-love. And self-love is not selfish

How, you might be wondering, does one go about attaining this self-knowledge? The trick is to remember that you already have all of the information — it's within you! — but you have to access it. And that's the tricky part. For me, I've found the best way to become more knowledgable about myself is to engage in activities that make me think about what I value, what I like, and what I dislike. (Inspired by this, I created two workbooks that are great resources for self-knowledge: Finding Your Self and Loving Your Self.) In addition to activities like the ones found in these workbooks, I've found that answering questions is one of the best ways to uncover self-knowledge. 

Do you remember those emails and IMs that people used to send around back in the day? They were filled with a list of questions, things like: Do you have a crush on someone right now? Pepsi or Coke? Have you ever been drink? What's your favorite color? They were silly little questionnaires, but for some reason, I always enjoyed answering the questions, even I only answered them in my head and didn't type my replies on the screen. I realize now that answering these questions was a way to better understand myself (albeit on a very basic level). The questions prompted me to think about what was going on in my life, as well as my likes and dislikes. 

Lately I've seen a resurgence of these questions on Tumblr. It makes me think that, no matter what the media, teens will find a way to use silly questionnaires to connect with one another and tune in to what matters to them. As I've been scrolling through my dashboard and these lists of questions come up, I find myself reading through them and mentally replying, just like I did when I was younger. Even if the questions aren't all that meaningful, somehow the answers are. They provide an outlet for self-connection and inner knowledge. Plus, it's kinda just fun. 

As silly as these little Q&A posts are, I've found myself really enjoying them and realized that, even as an adult, they allow me to learn things about myself and think about topics I might not have given much thought to before. I've created a list of some questions — some thought-provoking, some less so — to prompt you to think about who you are and what matters to you. 

You can scan them briefly and think about quick, one-word replies, or you can print them out (see below for the PDF version), print them out, and spend some time really thinking about the answers. Either way, they're bound to make you think and provide you with some fresh insights on what it means to be you. 

  1. Are you generally optimistic or pessimistic? 
  2. What would you change about yourself if you could?
  3. What apps do you use most often?
  4. What's the nicest compliment you've ever received?
  5. If you were a color, what would you be?
  6. What three things could you not live without?
  7. What was the last argument you had about?
  8. How did you meet your best friend?
  9. Do you have any collections?
  10. What would you never want to change? 
  11. What are your favorite words?
  12. Do you think everything will work out for the best?
  13. Who did you last say "I love you" to?
  14. What word (or sound) makes you cringe?
  15. Do you always finish work on time?
  16. Where did you take your first vacation?
  17. Would you be described as spontaneous?
  18. Do you read your horoscope?
  19. If you could be an emoji, what would you be?
  20. How do you react to criticism?
  21. Would you rather be too hot or too cold?
  22. Do you believe in ghosts/spirits?
  23. How long does it take you to get ready? 
  24. Do you have a good relationship with your parents?
  25. Is there someone that you miss?
  26. Do you regret anything you've done?
  27. Would you live in a book/film if you could?
  28. How would you prefer to die?
  29. What do you think people notice about your first?
  30. Who knows you better than anyone?
  31. What one word describes how you're feeling right now?
  32. Are you often early, on time, or late?
  33. What scares you the most?
  34. Would you go back in time if you could?
  35. Do you believe in yourself?
  36. When was the last time you had a passionate kiss?
  37. Is it easier for you to forgive or to forget?
  38. Who is the most intelligent person you know?
  39. What was/is your best school subject?
  40. What's the most important quality in a partner?
  41. Are you in love right now?
  42. Have you ever broken someone’s heart?
  43. Do you enjoy playing board or video games?
  44. Who cares a lot about you?
  45. How would you spend a million dollars?
  46. What was the last dream you can recall about?
  47. Who was the last person who saw you cry?
  48. Do you give second chances?
  49. What's the last thing you did before bed last night?
  50. Which was the best year of your life?
  51. How do you feel about being naked?
  52. Do you believe everything happens for a reason?
  53. Could you live as a hermit?
  54. Would it be hard to kiss the last person you kissed?
  55. How do you feel when you wake up?
  56. Is dishonesty ever okay?
  57. Do you believe in love at first sight?
  58. What's your current relationship status?
  59. Are you religious? Spiritual?
  60. Who did you last have a deep conversation with?
  61. Do you like your name and/or nickname?
  62. To get to know you, what should someone read, watch, or listen to?
  63. What qualities do you admire in others? 
  64. How would you spend your ideal day?
  65. What five things do you spend the most time doing?
  66. What is the last song you heard?
  67. When did you last laugh really, really hard?
  68. Do you feel your outside appearance fairly represents the real you?
  69. What is one of your favorite quotes?
  70. If you could live anywhere, where would you live?
  71. What's the nicest thing you've ever done?
  72. Do you wish on stars, lucky numbers, eyelashes?
  73. What's your biggest pet peeve?
  74. How did you celebrate your last birthday?
  75. What age have you most enjoyed being?
  76. Why do you love your favorite author or musician?
  77. How do you feel about technology?
  78. What season brings you the most joy?
  79. Do you consider yourself detail-oriented?
  80. What TV show did you like best as a kid?
  81. Would you rather give a gift or receive a gift?
  82. Do often make jokes? 
  83. When did you last make a new friend?
  84. What is the greatest accomplishment of your life?
  85. Are you looking forward to something right now?
  86. Which website do you visit most often?
  87. Do you match the traits of your zodiac sign?
  88. Are you afraid of the dark?
  89. What is the most trouble you've gotten into?
  90. If you could tell your younger self one thing, what would it be?
  91. Would you rather give up TV or the internet?
  92. Have you changed a lot in the last decade?
  93. If you could have any talent, what would it be?
  94. What's the most painful loss you've experienced?
  95. When were you last embarrassed?
  96. Would you like to be famous? 
  97. Do you often sing in the shower?
  98. If you could see your future, would you want to?
  99. What is your earliest memory?
  100. What are you most grateful for in your life?

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As I created these questions, I couldn't help but answer them myself and I found some of the answers pretty eye-opening. I hope that they've inspired you to think about what it means to have knowledge of yourself, and I hope you've gained some insights from these questions that you can carry with you as continue to learn more about who you are! 

 

Loving-Your-Self

Want to empower yourself with some serious self-love? Start loving yourself (or increase the love you already have for yourself!) with the inspiration and motivation found in Loving Your Self: An Empowering Workbook for Increasing Self-LoveFilled with uplifting encouragement, thought-provoking questions, and engaging exercises, Loving Your Self is an essential tool for mastering the art of self-love. Learn more about the workbook here and purchase your own copy here.


JLY month : how to love your mind + a giveaway!

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This post is part of Just Love Yourself Month, an exciting new addition to the Positively Present! This month of self-love is inspired by my new workbook, Loving Your Self, which was designed to empower and inspire self-love. Learn more (and pick up your copy!) here

 

One of the topics I discuss in detail in my Loving Your Self workbook is how to love your mind. The thoughts you have create the life you live so it's important to direct thoughts to a positive, productive place. Learning to create a loving mindset (and loving your mind even when it isn't so positive) is an essential aspect of self-love. How you think — and speak — about yourself is vital to creating a love of who you are. Positive thoughts and words impact your mental, physical, and emotional health in a big way. One of my favorite quotes goes something like this: “If you realized how important your thoughts are, you’d never think another negative thought.” What you think about shapes your world and, in particular, it shapes who you are.

Your mind is the most powerful weapon you have when it comes to the battle of self-love. If used properly, it can be a tool for fighting off negativity and keeping self-depreciation at bay. Use it wisely and it can transform the way you see yourself — and the way you see the world. Your mind is always with you (hopefully!), and because of that, you always have the power to choose self-loving, kind thoughts.

Choosing a positive mindset can be a challenge, which is why I've rounded up some of the best ideas for loving your mind. 

 

KNOW WHAT TRIGGERS NEGATIVITY. 

Being aware of what triggers negative or unloving thoughts won’t remove the thoughts, but having awareness of people, places, or situations that invoke negative thinking gives you a chance to challenge the thoughts with positivity. Knowing what triggers negative or self-deprecating thoughts also gives you an opportunity to avoid these people, situations, or environments. The more you're able to be aware of and address negative thoughts, the more power you'll have over your mind. And the more in control you feel when it comes to your mental state, the easier it is to love and accept your mind. 

 

BE AWARE OF THE WORDS "I AM." 

With the words “I am,” you define yourself to the world. Those two little words have a big impact when you state them (both to yourself and to others). They are concrete and, when used honestly, a valuable definition of who you are. Become aware of what you say (or think) you are. The thoughts you have about how you define yourself have a major impact on how you think, feel, and interact. When you pay attention to what you think you are, you'll either realize that you're not, in fact, those things or you'll confirm that you are absolutely able to say "I am [fill in the blank." Either way, the awareness helps you create a deeper acceptance of your thoughts and your self. 

 

STAY IN THE PRESENT MOMENT. 

So much of the negativity and stress in our minds comes from worrying about what has happened or fretting about what could be. Create a more peaceful place for your thoughts by doing your best to stay in the moment. Remember this: the past is over and the future is fiction. The more you remind yourself of this, the more likely you'll be to stay in the moment. You'll realize that what matters most is what's happening right now and that's the stuff that deserves your mind's attention. Whenever you find your mind in a place that you don't want it to be, bring it back to the now and see if you can ground it in the present. 

 

PLAY SOME MIND GAMES. 

The mind is one of your most important tools and, like any tool, it needs to be cared for. You can do your best to keep your mind in a positive place, but that's not going to do much good if your mind isn't in good shape. Exercise your mind the way you would your body by trying new things, playing thought-provoking games (go old school with things like Scrabble or check out some popular apps like Lumosity). The important thing is to get your mind thinking in new ways, challenging it a little bit. The more your stretch your brain muscles, the stronger your mind will get. 

 

FIND + USE POSITIVE RESOURCES. 

Think, for a moment, about the things you read and watch and listen to. Are these things (the books, the magazines, the shows, the radio stations and podcasts) positively impacting your mind and helping it to grow and learn? There's nothing wrong with binge-watching a trashy reality TV show now and then, but it's important to pay attention to what you're feeding your mind. Are you giving it nutritious content that will help it flourish? Or are you feeding it only junk food? One of the best things you can do is feed your mind healthy, positive content. Read inspiring books, pick up a motivating magazine (see below for how you can win a subscription to a great one!), watch a fascinating documentary. Do what you can to provide your mind with positive resources!

  


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JLY month : 5 tips for loving your body

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This post is part of Just Love Yourself Month, an exciting new addition to the Positively Present! This month of self-love is inspired by my new workbook, Loving Your Self, which was designed to empower and inspire self-love. Learn more (and pick up your copy!) here

 

Your body, at its most basic, is an amazing thing. It helps you breathe and move and talk and think. It takes you where you want to go, and it allows you to express who you are. But despite all of this magic that goes on inside of us, we often take our bodies focusing our attention on what we think we should be instead of celebrating what we already are

Loving your body is hard. No matter what you look like, you've probably had moments (or years...) when you don't feel love for your body, when you wish you could look like someone else. And it's no wonder! We’re all inundated with images of the “perfect” body. From films to TV shows to advertisements to the ever-popular fashion blogs, we’re surrounded by people and images of what bodies are “supposed” to look like. But look around you in the real world. How many “perfect” bodies do you see? How many people do you know who are completely (and truthfully) in love with their bodies?

You probably don’t encounter many people who look (or feel) perfect, and that’s because most people (yes, probably — or maybe even especially — the gorgeous models you see in magazines) struggle to love the physical parts of themselves. It is a challenge for everyone to practice loving his/her body, but it’s a challenge worth taking on.

No matter how you feel about your body right now, it’s important that you try your best to love and accept it for what it is, flaws and all. It is the only body you have, and it deserves your love and respect. Loving your body can be laborious, but if you don’t do it, you’re going to have a very hard time loving yourself — or your life. Your body is a big part of who you are — like it or not — and if you don’t make an effort to find a sense of love for it, you’re missing out on a deep and lasting acceptance that will transform the way you see your world for the rest of your life.

Loving your body is such an important aspect of self-love, so we’re going to look at five things you can do right now to promote body love. 

 

STOP COMPARING YOUR BODY. 

One of the main reasons we struggle with loving our bodies is because we compare what we look like to what others look like. This is a slippery slope to self-loathing. You will never look completely like someone else (just take a look at some of the people who have had major surgeries to look like celebrities — yikes). You will always and forever look like you. But, in spite of this knowledge, you probably compare yourself to other people. This is normal, but not useful. Consider, for a moment, what you would think about your body if you had no other bodies to compare it to. It would be pretty interesting, wouldn’t it? Try to look at your body in isolation, without comparing it to anyone else (or to what it used to look like). When you do this, you'll notice that your body is what it is; it isn't something to be judged, but something that can be observed and appreciated for its current state. 

 

PUT AN END TO COMPLAINTS. 

If you want to fully love your body, it’s important to try your hardest to put an end to complaining about it. There are probably parts of yourself that you don't love (and may not have loved for a long time) and sometimes complaining about them becomes a default. For example, if you hated your nose as a child, you might still look in the mirror and say, "Ugh. My nose." But do you really dislike it? Perhaps you've come to accept it, but just keep complaining about it because you've done so all your life. Or, if you haven't accepted it, what good has it done you to complain about it? None. All it does it bring down your mood and negatively influence the way you feel about yourself — two things that are never good for you. Often we get so used to complaining about certain aspects of ourselves that we don't even realize it. These complaints just become part of our inner monologue. But all of these little complaints add up. Every complaint you make is a choice to focus on the negative over the positive, an act that makes it very difficult to love your body.

 

CELEBRATE YOUR POSITIVE TRAITS. 

Whenever you find yourself feeling unhappy with your physical self, that's the best time to remind yourself of your good traits. We all have them — parts of our bodies that we really love, even if we never tell a soul that we love them. It doesn't matter what it is that you love about yourself (it could be anything from your shapely physique to the softness of your earlobe!). What matters is celebrating that positive trait and choosing that celebration over complaining about the parts of yourself that you don't love so much. If you have time, write up a list of 10 things you love about yourself and keep it near your mirror. Every time you start to feel doubt about your appearance, look to that list and be thankful for the positive traits. Also, when you find yourself hating on your physical appearance (and we all do that from time to time), remind yourself that you're great at [activity/job/etc.], and focus on the non-physical aspects of your awesomeness. You are so much more than just what you look like!

 

EMBRACE YOUR FLAWS. 

The ultimate (and hardest!) part of self-love comes when you embrace your flaws. Accepting them doesn’t mean you don’t want to change them; it means that you acknowledge them for what they are while trying your best to refrain from (too much) judgment. For example, let’s say you think you’re too scrawny and you’d like to gain some more muscle. Saying, “I accept my body as it is and I love myself for the size I am right now” doesn’t mean you won’t try to build muscle in the future; it means you are embracing your less-than-perfect self for where you are right now. Consider these questions: What don’t I love about my body? How can I change that? If I can’t change it, how can I begin accepting it? If you can't (or won't) change a physical flaw, you'll benefit a great deal if you choose unwavering acceptance. Strip that flaw of all societal standards and internal judgments. Don’t compare it to others or rate it on a scale of good/bad. Your flaw is what it is. Your body is what it is. Accept your own flaws the way you would accept a dear friend’s imperfections. Your flaws make you who you are, and if you can’t change them it’s much better to embrace them! 

 

SPEAK POSITIVELY ABOUT YOURSELF. 

Think about the words you use when thinking or speaking about yourself. Are the words often negative? Do you think of yourself in a positive light? And do you speak positively about yourself to others? Thinking and speaking of yourself positively is more difficult than it sounds. Most of us tend to be critical of ourselves (and especially about our bodies!), skewing toward the negative when it comes to our word choices. Pay attention to the words you use and, whenever possible, try to replace them with more positive descriptors, even if that means completely countering your current thoughts. For example, if you find yourself in front of the mirror thinking, "I look frumpy today," switch your thinking to, "I look fabulous today." It might sound silly or untrue, but it'll shift your focus from a negative to a positive place. Transforming your thoughts might make you see the good in the way you look, making you realize that maybe you're not looking so bad after all. For more on this, check out my post Using Positive Words to Promote Self-Love (with a free download!)

  

 

These five tips have helped me to learn to love my body when it was tough to do so, and I hope they help you too! It's important to remember that, though physical appearance is important — unfortunately that’s just the way society works — but it’s not everything. The more you realize your total worth as a person, the easier it becomes to love and accept your body because you're not valuing it more highly than other aspects of yourself. If you take away one thing from this article, let it be this mantra: I am more than what I look like

 

Loving-Your-Self

Want to empower yourself with some serious self-love? Start loving yourself (or increase the love you already have for yourself!) with the inspiration and motivation found in Loving Your Self: An Empowering Workbook for Increasing Self-LoveFilled with uplifting encouragement, thought-provoking questions, and engaging exercises, Loving Your Self is an essential tool for mastering the art of self-love. Learn more about the workbook here and purchase your own copy here.


loving your self : a brand new self-love workbook

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There’s only one relationship you’ll have every single day of your life for the rest of your life — the relationship you have with yourself. It’s one of the most important relationships you possess, but many of us don’t take the time and effort to make it a loving, empowering experience. Most of us fail to prioritize self-love because we don't know we should or we struggle so much with it that it feels easier to avoid the hard work. But loving yourself is essential for living a positive, present life, a life in which you can experience true happiness, acceptance, and peace.

Loving yourself means accepting mind, body, and heart. As important as the concept of self-love is, it’s not always something we strive for because, unfortunately, many things stand in the way of self-love. One major roadblock that blocks the path to loving ourselves is how we think about self-love. Many of us don’t love ourselves fully because we’ve been led to believe that self-love is selfish, greedy, or indulgent. Or we’ve been raised in an environment (or a society) that doesn’t promote self-love and, instead, encourages judgment, comparisons, and self-criticism. Or, in some cases, we’re afraid to love ourselves because achieving a deep sense of love for the self would lead to a greater sense of peace and happiness — two things that sound wonderful in theory, but that could potentially change the way we view ourselves and the world. Even the most positive of mindset shifts can be intimidating. 

But if you want to make the most of your life — if you want to have a deep and unconditional understanding and respect for who you are, who you've been, and who you will be in the future — you have to learn to love who you are, inside and out. Having struggled with self-love myself, I know how difficult it can be to achieve it. It's an on-going process and it requires dedication and determination, but, wow, is it worth it. 

Once you cultivate a strong love for yourself, anything is possible. I know how much learning to love myself has changed my life, and I wanted to share all of this self-love goodness with others so I created this absolutely comprehensive guide to loving yourself. The Loving Your Self workbook will take you on a journey of self-love filled with encouragement, inspiration, and exercises to spark true and lasting love for yourself. If you’re hesitant at all about embarking on this journey, keep in mind some of the most important reasons to love yourself:

  • Loving yourself improves your relationship with others
  • Loving yourself creates an overall more positive outlook
  • Loving yourself increases your self-respect (and respect for others)
  • Loving yourself opens you up to pursuing passions and meaningful work
  • Loving yourself makes it easier to find the goodness in others 

As you can see, there are many reasons self-love is essential for creating a more positive, more present life. In the workbook, you'll be challenged to uncover truths about yourself and about your life. You will be asked to look deeply at what matters most to you (and you can do more of that with the Finding Your Self workbook). If you take the time for self-love, you open yourself up to improving every single aspect of your life. 

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ABOUT THE WORKBOOK

Loving Your Self is a empowering workbook designed to teach, inspire, and increase self-love. The instant-downloadable PDF is a go-to resource for learning about self-love, engaging in exercises that increase self-love, and discovering more about the various ways you can (and should!) love who you are. The workbook features innovative, inspiring, and empowering activities to help you uncover a deep, lasting love of yourself. The workbook is broken down into four sections: 

  • Loving Your Mind: insights on how to break negative thought patterns, how to master the art of positive self-talk, and how to understand the power of "I am";
  • Loving Your Body: insights on how to love your body, how to embrace your flaws, and how to put an end to comparisons;
  • Loving Your Heart: insights on how to reclaim your muchness, how to let go of the past, and how to forgive yourself and others; 
  • Loving Your Life: insights on how to focus on the positive aspects of your life, how to cut out complaining, and how to establish boundaries with others. 

In addition to these four sections — each of which is loaded with information, activities, and worksheets — the Conclusion features:

  • A set of self-love reminders to print + post up wherever you need self-love boost
  • self-love cheat sheet to fill out with your top self-love reminders
  • A list of self-love resources featuring my favorite self-love websites + books 

If you've been struggling with self-love (or just want to reinforce your current self-love practices), this workbook is exactly what you need. As I was creating the workbook, I went through some difficult situations. I found myself answering the questions and doing the exercises as I was creating them, and it was amazing what it did for my self-esteem, self-respect, and self-love. The very act of creating (and working through) this workbook had such a positive impact on my life, and I'm so excited to share that experience with you. 

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I've created a lot of things since I started Positively Present — Stay Positive: Daily Reminders from Positively PresentThe Positively Present Guide to LifeFinding Your Self, The ABC's of Self-Love, and many other e-books — and this has been one of my favorite projects to work on. Self-love is so, so important. It provides the foundation for your relationships, your work, and your life. It's something every single person should be able to do and I hope this workbook will help anyone who is struggling to love him or herself. If you're looking for more love, peace, acceptance, and meaning in your life, this workbook is for you. Click the box below to grab your copy and begin the amazing experience of loving who you are!
 

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