How to Love Yourself Unconditionally During Difficult Times
While it is difficult to find the strength to love yourself unconditionally during difficult times, it is crucial to remember that you deserve self-love and acceptance no matter what life throws at you. In this blog post, we will focus on the benefits of loving yourself unconditionally and how to deal with your emotions when things get challenging.
Recently Rita and I experienced the heartache of losing a close friend. Anyone who has suffered loss can relate to all the feelings and emotions associated with it, and I am no exception. Crying was inevitable, and I had many conversations with God. Despite this difficult situation, I remained committed to my own self-love, knowing that our departed loved one showed me nothing but love before departing. Why would I do her memory any wrong by not loving myself just as much?
Nurturing a genuine love for yourself can be one of the most challenging tasks. It’s natural to find it easy to love yourself during times of joy, but what about in difficult or challenging times? Staying positive and showing yourself compassion when facing adversity is no easy task. However, it’s during these moments that loving yourself unconditionally is all the more vital and important. Unconditional self-love entails embracing your true self no matter the circumstance. It means acknowledging your worth even on days when you feel like you’re just not enough. Remember that cultivating unconditional self-love is an ongoing journey, requiring both time and effort. What other things in life do you dedicate all your time and energy to that does not better you or your current situation? Nevertheless, if you can learn to accept yourself completely, there will be nothing life throws at you that you cannot handle.
Loving yourself unconditionally has many benefits.
No matter what you are going through, you deserve love and respect. Here are some benefits of loving yourself unconditionally:
It is easier to forgive yourself when things go wrong if you accept that you are imperfect and make mistakes. This will lead to less anxiety and stress. I was raised to believe there is only one standard of perfection and that is God. So, take the pressure off of you.
If you love yourself unconditionally, you open yourself up to receiving love from others, which can strengthen your relationships. People naturally want to give and receive love, but make sure the love you are giving others is healthy and true. We have no room for toxic relationships.
It is also possible to increase your self-esteem and confidence by learning to love yourself. When you know that you are worthy of love no matter what, it makes it easier for you to believe in yourself and mean it.
Finally, loving yourself unconditionally can help improve your overall well-being. When you have a positive view of yourself, it can lead to better physical health and mental well-being. When I am feeling down, I often go for a long walk in my neighborhood or at one of my favorite parks. It allows me to get some fresh air, move my body, get quiet, gain a few extra steps, and most importantly, it helps me clear my head.
Negative emotions and how to deal with them.
It’s normal to feel negative emotions from time to time, but you don’t have to let them control you. Here are some tips for dealing with negative emotions in a healthy way:
It’s okay to feel angry, sad, or afraid. Denying your emotions will only make them worse. Embrace the feeling, let them out, and figure out a healthy way to process them.
Consider journaling. By now you should know how Rita and I feel about Journaling. It is a daily practice for us! I know for some, journaling can seem like an added task that takes time. but it is a healthy way to process your emotions and feelings. Journaling allows people who process things outwardly to see the struggle on paper so they can better discern what needs to be done and how to deal with how they feel. If you are concerned that someone will find your journal, you can burn or trash your thoughts once completed. Another way to positively express yourself is by talking it out with a friend instead of lashing out at others.
Avoid trying to numb or hide your emotions. If you try to avoid feeling negative emotions by turning to alcohol, drugs, food, or sex, you will only cause yourself more problems in the future. Keep a list of activities you can do when you are experiencing challenges or turmoil.
In the event you struggle to cope with negative emotions regularly, it may be time to seek professional assistance from a trained coach. I know 2 really great ones that are available.
All in all, practicing self-love unconditionally during difficult periods is essential. Such an approach fosters resilience and grants us a more hopeful outlook that can facilitate problem resolution. Accepting our true selves encourages powerful personal investigation and development that translates into winning choices. As we navigate life’s challenging moments, we should keep in mind the progress made and be proud of ourselves.
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