Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in the Huffington Post. The author has graciously allowed us to reprint it here.
Some mornings you wake up with negative thoughts that just don’t seem to go away. Luckily, the secret weapon to combating our inner self-critic lies within us.
We’re talking about self-love ― the appreciation and acceptance of oneself — a key to a happy and fulfilling life.
“Intentionally engaging in self-love habits can help you build a stronger relationship with yourself and contribute to greater self-esteem and confidence.” said Julia Jarrold, a therapist and a clinical content manager at Real, an online mental health platform.
So, how do we cultivate it? HuffPost spoke with mental health professionals about habits to try first thing in the morning to start the day loving yourself.
Take five minutes to meditate
Meditation helps quiet your mind and refocus your attention to the present. Spend five minutes doing a quiet meditation, focusing on self-love and your inner strengths.
“A morning meditation offers you a sense of calm. During the day, when things become stressful, you can think about your empowering meditation,” said Kristin Meekhof, a therapist and author of “A Widow’s Guide to Healing.”