Write Yourself a Love Letter

Dear Self,

They way you handled that issue at the office today was so well thought out. And, your hair looked beautiful today too. I’m proud of you for setting some YOU time aside to read a book and soak in the bath. And you even took the time to make that delicious vegetable frittata you’ve been wanting to try. I want to acknowledge you for making a good choice for your health. Self, I know I don’t tell you enough how much I love you, but I do. As a matter of fact, you are my favorite person in the whole world! Keep up the good work and remember that you are loved and you are worthy!

 Love, Me

This may sound silly to some, but what if I told you that scientific research has shown that loving yourself – and letting yourself know it – can help increase your satisfaction in life, achieve your health goals, reduce depression and anxiety, diminish procrastination, and help you bounce back from challenging times? Writing yourself a love letter is, in fact, not silly at all – it’s a wonderful exercise in reminding yourself that you are your top priority.

We rarely give ourselves the credit we deserve. And, often we spend exponentially more time focused on helping or pleasing others, while ignoring our own needs. Making yourself a priority is important – and many people find it challenging. That’s why putting it down in writing is a good way to keep yourself on track.

During this February season of love, valentines and sweethearts, it’s popular to wax poetic about how much you care for loved ones. That’s fine, but too often we leave ourselves out of the equation.

So I challenge you – every night this week before bed, write down yourself a little love letter. Maybe it’s just one sentence. Let yourself know how much you value something you did today or some quality you are proud of. Whatever it is that you value about yourself, write it down and reaffirm it.

At the end of the week, how do you feel about yourself? Let me know in the comments. And remember, you are loved and you are worthy!

Article by Howard Murad, M.D., FAAD, a world renowned skincare expert and founder of the Inclusive Health movement. Click here to learn more about Dr. Murad.

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