Be Kind to Yourself

By Rawan Olma

You owe an yourself. How many times have you stood in front of a mirror and tore your body to shreds? How many times have you convinced yourself that you weren't loved? If you wouldn't say these things to a best friend, why would you ever tell them to yourself?

Self-love and contentment are not a state of mind or place that we need to find. We were all born as entirely blank clean slates, free of bias and opinions. As we grew older, we lost our way home and wandered off the path. It’s not hard to see why!­ We’re surrounded by corporations making money by convincing us there’s something wrong with our appearances. It comes as no surprise that self-love is a more important matter of discussion than ever before. I'm thrilled that the topic of self-love has gained so much popularity through social media and pop culture. Just as with any concern, there are also many misconceptions. Numerous amounts of people confuse narcissism with self-love, and it couldn't be further from the truth. Self-love is not narcissistic or selfish. It is simply learning to take care of yourself and being confident with who you are. There is no reason anyone should feel ashamed for loving a certain part of their body, or for taking pride in anything. With that being said, I'm no expert on self-love and I admit to have fallen victim to all of the things I have previously mentioned. I have more bad days than good days, and I still have so many things I’m trying to figure out about myself. I'm so sick of beating myself up over every little thing. I feel like it's so easy to see the most beautiful qualities in others, yet extremely difficult to find the good in ourselves. If you think you look cute in that selfie, POST IT. If you’re going to compliment someone, you can still do so without comparing yourself to them! Remember that your body has billions of cells that fight to keep you alive everyday. The least you can do is treat it with love and care.

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