10 celebrity quotes to inspire self love.
Self-development is everywhere we look. We all know that it's not the love we get from others which leads to long-term happiness, but the love we get from ourselves. The pressure has shifted from finding the love of your life to being the love of your life. It’s not as simple as seeing the hash tag ‘Love Yourself’ on every other post to silence our life-long pal the ‘inner-critic’. Loving yourself takes work, and just like anything that requires effort, sometimes we need a little inspiration and support.
Here are some quotes from celebrities to spark a little positivity inside of you and 3 exercises to get you started on your self-love journey:
“I remind myself to be kind to myself and as slightly ridiculous as it may sound, to treat myself in the same gentle way I’d want to treat a daughter of mine. It really helps.”
"You’re always with yourself, so you might as well enjoy the company.”
— Diane Von Furstenburg
“One day, I had to sit down with myself and decide that I loved myself no matter what my body looked like and and what other people thought about my body. I got tired of hating myself.”
— Gabourey Sidibe
“I keep telling myself that I’m a human being, an imperfect human who’s not made to look like a doll, and that who I am as a person is more important than whether at that moment I have a nice figure.”
— Emma Watson
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“Being pregnant finally helped me understand what my true relationship was with my body—meaning that it wasn’t put on this earth to look good in a swimsuit. I was like, ‘Look, I can carry a baby! I’m gaining weight right, everything’s going well.’ And I’ve had that relationship ever since.”
— Nicole Kidman
“I must undertake to love myself and to respect myself as though my very life depends upon self-love and self-respect.”
— Maya Angelou
“When you're different, sometimes you don't see the millions of people who accept you for what you are. All you notice is the person who doesn't.”
― Jodi Picoult
“Life is very interesting… in the end, some of your greatest pains, become your greatest strengths.”
– Drew Barrymore
“It is interesting how often we can’t see all the ways in which we are being strong.”
— Lena Dunham
“There are no regrets in life. Just lessons.”
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So now that you have the inspiration, it's time to put that into action. The following are three exercises to help you get that self-love flowing:
3 x 3 x 3
- Divide your focus between three sections of your body.
- Think of three things you like about yourself from each.
- Repeat exercise three times a week in-front of the mirror.
- Be creative if it's difficult at first.
Create your own Affirmations
- Think of three negative thoughts you have about yourself or life.
- Write down the exact positive opposite.
- Write your affirmations in the present tense.
- Repeat to yourself every morning and when needed throughout the day.
- Choose three more when you've internalized those three.
Get Specific with your Talent List
I thrive when __________
This week, I have discovered that I am __________
I gain strength from __________
I am proud that I __________