• Kelly Lin

The Road to Self-Love & Embracing Yourself




The year is finally coming to an end and for many of us, we are writing our new year resolutions. Take a minute to pause and think to yourself; what will the new year bring for you and what will be the most important to focus on? No matter what your goal is, it is important to love yourself. Self-love is key to opening the door to good mental health and well-being especially for those who are burned out from school, work, or just daily life. We push ourselves so hard to achieve perfection and surpassing our limits that we sometimes forget to relax and unwind. We are so driven by our desire to exceed expectations that we forget to reward ourselves. Even if you aren’t acting with harm in mind, you aren’t respecting yourself by writing off ‘relaxing’ as a chore. Self-love leads to a happier and more fulfilled life.


Whether you believe it or not, YOU are very special. There is no other person in this vast world like you. There is no need to compare yourself to the next when there is someone as beautiful and amazing as you! Practicing self-love can be hard so here are some small things you can do every day to get in touch with yourself and to live a life that truly shines:


Tell yourself something positive every day.

This can be anything to uplift your mood and make you smile.

Surround yourself with people who love you.

People who put you down don’t deserve to be part of your life.

Don’t compare yourself to another.

You are unique and one of a kind! There’s no one like you in the world so it won’t be fair to yourself to compare.

Be proud of yourself no matter how small or big the achievement is.

Don’t disregard the things you do because you spent time and energy to do all of it

Have fun and do activities that you enjoy.

A person who always does what they have to do, not what they want, will lose their sense of what they like or want.

Meditate.

Scream out all your frustrations.

• Listen to a podcast.


The road to self-love can be hard but it is okay to make mistakes. It is okay to fail and get back up. You are not alone there have been others who have walked this path and others who are walking the same path with you. There is someone beside you through everything and someone who will never give up on you. Learning from our mistakes is part of the growth that defines us as a person. True growth comes from taking risks and facing obstacles head-on—no matter how insurmountable or disorienting they appear. At the end of the day, if you have trouble getting accepted by others or if you feel different. Don’t worry about what others think or want you to do. There will always be people who will accept you. You are not alone and that there will always be someone there for you. You don’t have to get hurt by passersby in your life, succumb to what other people say, or think that problems are yours alone. Remember, the most essential thing is to live as you.