Just look at that gorgeous person in the mirror! The one with the infectious smile and inspiring moxie. Don’t see that person? Well, that’s OK. Sometimes it takes a little work to recognize them.
“Self-love is not always an easy thing to achieve but fostering a positive self-image can improve your physical and psychological well-being,” said Dr. Matthew Reed, psychiatrist and chief of service, inpatient pain and outpatient addiction, in Hoag’s Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute. “Take time every day to appreciate yourself and treat yourself with kindness.”
How? Dr. Reed offers three tips:
Take Care of Yourself. Exercise. Eat a healthy diet. Get enough sleep. We know these are essential for our well-being. But did you know that brushing your teeth and wearing clean clothes are also ways to practice self-love? Small acts can help with depression and self-esteem.
Cut Out the Toxicity. Whether it is a person who drains you of your energy, a grinding job or an addiction that consumes you, allow yourself the space to say no to things that harm you physically or emotionally. Surround yourself with a healthy support system and people who respect you and your boundaries.
Forgive. Forgiving yourself and others is a path toward healing. Dr. Reed recommends counseling to learn the coping skills needed to work through – and let go of – hurt, embarrassment or anxiety.
To learn more, book an appointment with a Hoag physician today, www.hoag.org.