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72 Ways to Love Yourself

Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It!

By on Mar 26, 2017 in Stress | 0 comments

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US. On average, there are 121 suicides per day or over 40,000 per year. For every completed suicide, there’s an estimated 20 to 25 attempts. Every case involves someone believing, at a very deep level, a big lie about their value.

THE BIG LIE

MY VALUE = MY PERFORMANCE + THE OPINIONS OF OTHERS

“A primary deception all of us tend to believe is that success will bring fulfillment and happiness. Again and again, we’ve tried to measure up, thinking that if we could meet certain standards we would feel good about ourselves. But again and again, we’ve failed and have felt miserable.” – Robert S McGee (The Search for Significance)

Every person has the potential to be low enough to consider suicide an option. We can all fall victim to the big lie. When you grasp your tremendous value and care deeply for yourself, you can get out of your funk. Fight to know the truth about yourself.

Here are some effective ways some people have found to treat themselves with compassion. I realize this may seem like a simplistic solution to a complex problem, but it always starts with loving yourself. Have a list activities to turn to when self worth dwindles. Select 6 activities that would help. Turning to, and acting on this list, could save your life.

Ways to Be Good to Yourself

  1. Read a favorite magazine
  2. List 5 things you are grateful for today
  3. Cook or bake something
  4. Search for a new book
  5. Garden
  6. Listen to a podcast
  7. Write a thank you note
  8. Call a friend
  9. Listen to music
  10. Search for a new recipe
  11. Visit a friend
  12. Volunteer
  13. Play a card game
  14. Singing
  15. Surfing
  16. Play a computer game
  17. Make jewelry
  18. Write a letter
  19. Knitting
  20. Set goals to complete by year end
  21. Pray
  22. Plan out your evening
  23. Candle making
  24. Plan out your next day
  25. Organize
  26. Pottery
  27. Collecting things
  28. Memorize poetry, scripture, or quotes
  29. Explore somewhere new
  30. Play a board game
  31. Research a topic online
  32. Rearrange furniture
  33. Join a book club
  34. Join a band
  35. Think about a favorite hobby
    1. Read a book
    2. Visit a museum
    3. Ride your bike
    4. Write down 3 goals for the month
    5. Photography
    6. Organize & edit pictures
    7. Breath deeply
    8. Stretch
    9. Take a walk
    10. Go fishing
    11. Search for new music
    12. Group exercise
    13. Swimming
    14. Hiking
    15. Pets
    16. Writing
    17. Watch a favorite movie
    18. Watch a documentary
    19. Make something crafty
    20. Do a puzzle
    21. Draw or paint
    22. Juggle or Hacky Sack
    23. Play a sport
    24. Play an instrument
    25. Practical jokes
    26. Make a To Do list
    27. Martial Arts
    28. Woodworking
    29. Furniture restoration
    30. Bird watching
    31. Look at old family picture
    32. Take a nap
    33. List 5 things you are excited about today
    34. Illusions & tricks
    35. Run a side business
    36. Researching family history
    37. Garage sales/thrift shops

      It doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor, old or young, healthy or sick. Your life, like mine, will always have difficult times. Sometimes we can predict these moments, and sometime they sneak up on us. Be prepared! Create your own list of coping activities that will help you get through the lows of life.

      Question: What are your top 6 activities to show self-compassion?