We live in an age where self-care has become a priority. Whether its waking up early for that yoga class or hitting the gym after a day at the office, we value our bodies and what we put in them. Unlike generations before us, we make it a point to treat ourselves.
However, like all imbalances, focusing on one need – in this case, the physical – shifts attention away from your emotional needs. Self-love can be defined as loving yourself emotionally irrespective of what you have; it’s knowing your worth and valuing yourself for it.
Many people struggle to maintain this type of well-being throughout their week. Unlike self-care, self-love is a more conscious exercise that requires daily practice to be effective. It is easy to conflate the two practices and mistake loving yourself by the acts of self-care you engage in. Yet, doing so is a disservice – as you are only treating yourself at a symptom-level, a physical-level. Self-love is treating yourself at the source.
So mine deep, and love deeper.
Here are 6 speeches that will inspire you to fall back in love with yourself:
Lisa Nichols: These 3 Sentences Will Change Your Life
Lisa Nichols delivers a powerful speech on her experience with abuse and depression and what they taught her. She then reveals advice on how to overcome even your most troubling times.
Words of Wisdom: It ain’t ever too late to press RESET and fall madly in love with the life that you’ve been given.
Ed Sheeran: Being Weird is a Beautiful Thing
Musician Ed Sheeran shares why he was bullied as a child to encourage all outcasts to stop hiding and start embracing what makes them unique.
Words of Wisdom: If you tried being the cool kid from class, you’d end up being very boring.
Ashley Graham: You Are Your Own Kind of Woman, Love Yourself
Model Ashley Graham reveals that acceptance of her imperfections was the driving force behind her successful modeling career. Her powerful speech will inspire you to love yourself just the way you are.
Words of Wisdom: Be your favorite kind of woman. Don’t let anyone else take that job.
Octavia Spencer: Embrace the Mess
Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer never had it easy. Here, she talks about pursuing her dream to act in an industry she knew would not accept her.
Words of Wisdom: Remember your Kipling. If you could meet with triumph and disaster, but treat those two imposters just the same. Treat them just the same.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – Dare to Take
Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie shares how she coped with her father’s kidnapping and the impact it had on how she lives her life today. Her story will inspire you to start living your authentic self today.
Words of Wisdom: Please do not twist yourself into shapes to please. Don’t do it. If someone likes that version of you, that version of you that is false and holds back. Then they actually like a twisted shape, and not you.
P!nk: You’re Beautiful
Powerhouse P!nk delivers an acceptance speech at MTV’s Video Music Awards about how she reacted to her daughter’s belief that she was the ugliest girl at school. P!nk pays homage to artists who live ‘outside the norm’ and urges everyone to continue celebrating their differences.
Words of Wisdom: We don’t change. We take the gravel and the shell and we make a pearl, and we help other people to change so they can see other types of beauty.
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