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Learn to love yourself first, instead of loving the idea of other people loving you.

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A schedule-oriented person or a play-it-by-ear person — and then set up a routine that works for you. Our physical health has a massive impact on our day-to-day sense of wellbeing and putting the right foods into our body can make a world of difference when it comes to how we feel about ourselves. But the sooner you find a form of exercise that you genuinely enjoy taking part in, the greater an appreciation for your own body you will develop. Keep your relationship with yourself fresh by taking it on the road at least once a year.

Once a month, read something that challenges your way of thinking and gives your mind something new and interesting to turn over. Open yourself up to the people who love and support you — it takes true strength to share yourself with others but that closeness is something we all need. Take the time to understand your past thought patterns and forgive yourself for the poor actions they lead to. Without understanding we cannot make changes going forward. A healthy relationship with yourself means the ability to maintain healthy relationships with others.

Let friends, relatives and loved ones play an active role in your life: the more open you are to others, the more open you are to your life.

16 simple ways to love yourself again

Go out on a date with that cute stranger. To keep your relationship with yourself fresh, you have to keep your relationship with the world around you fresh too. You owe it to yourself to splurge every once in a while — but in order to do that you have to figure out how you like to allocate your money and where you can make leniencies. Look for patterns in the circumstances and behaviors that have hindered your happiness historically. Learning to be strict with yourself is an integral component to self-love.

You have to know what your top priorities are in life, and which passing fancies you may have to give up in order to move toward them. Your time is important.

Why waste it? Ask for that job. That promotion. That date. Watch a half hour of stand-up comedy or phone your most hilarious friend once a week if not more. Make your abs ache for all the right reasons. No matter how little value you place on your physical appearance, the more presentable you look the more put-together you tend to feel.

And the more put-together you feel, the more ready you are to face each day. Chat with people who hold opposing viewpoints to your own or at the least read what they have to say.

2. think positive

It never hurts to challenge your thinking. Find something that capitalizes on your strengths — be it exercising, gardening, reading, performing or socializing — and make a routine out of it. It can be a religion, a charity or even just a social group that meets once a week. It feels good to be a part of something bigger than yourself, no matter how big or small an influence you have. Sunlight is a natural mood enhancer.

Have it alone or with company — but either way, give yourself that physical release. Find out which kind of music pumps you up, which mellows you out and which kind you ought to play when.

14 ways to fall in love with yourself

Make you-time an active priority. To keep up a relationship you have to invest quality time and that includes your relationship with yourself. If a biweekly cleaning service will take a load off your plate, make a financial plan that will for it. Knowing your natural weaknesses are the first step in combatting them.

2. if you want to love yourself again, stop comparing

Learn to recognize when you need a break — and then indulge that need in whichever way suits you best. For at least twelve straight hours a month, turn off all of your electronics and immerse yourself in the world around you. You may be surprised at what you find. Keep your home, office and other living spaces maintained in a fashion that makes you feel at peace.

Check in with friends, family and loved ones regularly to ask them how they think you are doing. Let them be honest and take their feedback to heart.

Just as we have to let our relationships with others fluctuate, alter and grow, we have to let our relationships with ourselves do the same. So you might as well make it a relationship worth being in. You may unsubscribe at any time.

Learn more about Thought Catalog and our writers on our about. At the end of the day, you have two choices in love — one is to accept someone just as they are and the other is to walk away. By Heidi Priebe Updated June 13, Lechon Kirb. Just like any relationship, we have to fight to keep the connection we have with ourselves healthy and thriving. Get the best of Thought Catalog in your inbox. More From Thought Catalog.

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