April Self Love Letter Challenge

Image Credit: Cardmaker (Inspired by Sinister Rules)

Want to Write a Self Love Letter?

I have decided that the Month of April will be dedicated to the Stop Self Hate initiative (@StopSelfHate #StopSelfHate) on Voice in Recovery. I have been asking for people to write self love letters to themselves to share on ViR. Why am I asking this? I think it is time we stop listening to the negative voices in our heads, and replace them with self love, respect and kindness. We deserve our own love and affection.

I had a lot of people ask me, what can I do to help spread the message of Stop Self Hate. I think the first, and most important step is to start with ourselves. Just like when we are on an airplane, we must put our own oxygen mask on before helping others. I know many people struggle with putting themselves first, so this is the first thing I have decided to ask people to do for the Stop Self Hate initiative.

I love the idea of replacing negative messages with positive ones! I think it is empowering to be mindful of our thoughts and take time to express our own love and gratitude. Whether it is with daily self care, affirmations, CBT, DBT, or any other way to embrace who we are and our worth, these things are powerful tools in our life.

Since I have started this initiative, I have felt myself embracing the moments, counting my gratitudes, and taking time to recognize my accomplishments, no matter how large or small. I have received a lot of feedback from people saying it is helping them daily, and they are working towards their own self love.

Whether we are fighting our own should monster, enough tyrant, body bully, gremlin, or ED voice, we all can benefit from reading quotes, posts, and inspiration about taking time to show ourselves self love. I have found so many wonderful blog posts on this topics, and continue to do searches.

So if you want to support Stop Self Hate, and fight for the right for your own self love and respect, please consider writing a love letter to yourself. It doesn’t have to be about body image, it can be about your achievements, accomplishments, reflections on your journey, or even some affirmations to help you fight for your own self love. Even if you don’t share with others, I think this assignment could help shift your perspective and help you gain a more positive outlook towards YOU. I want people to believe they matter, and to know their own worth. Whether you want to write it down on paper and scan it, or do a collage, take a picture, write a poem, or a letter, be creative! Try to search for what this Stop Self Hate movement means for you. What do you want to work on in your life and your journey?

If you would like to share a love letter to yourself on ViR, please email me at StopSelfHate@gmail.com. If you post your own Stop Self Hate message on your own blog, please let me know so I can highlight and share with others!

Let’s initiate change. It starts with us to make changes, be the change. Love who you are. KNOW your worth. LOVE ALL OF YOU! It is time we love ourselves!

18 Responses to April Self Love Letter Challenge
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  4. Julie Northrop
    April 7, 2011 | 3:37 am

    How do I submit my love letter? I have a story of abuse at the hands of my peers, my years of self loathing and hatred, that slowly led to self acceptance. My son and my boyfriend have helped me to find healing so I could learn to love me. Do I email you and then you post it?

    Thanks,
    Julie

    • ViR
      April 7, 2011 | 4:44 am

      Yes!!! Email me at StopSelfHate@gmail.com – I can then review your letter and we can work out the details by email 🙂 Thank you for your interest!

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  17. arianna
    July 31, 2011 | 8:52 pm

    Dear Self,

    You have been through some pretty rough times. You don’t care about yourself as much as you should or give yourself respect or credit for anything.
    That’s not a good excuse for treating yourself that way though.
    A good friend once told you that you have a horrible self-image. He was right. This bad image of yourself made you truely believe that you were stupid, incompetent, fat, ugly, undesireable, rude, annoying, obnoxious, and pretty much just a piece of crap.
    All of them are lies. Believing these things were true just made them true. Therefore everyone thought that those things were true too since you believed them. It made you an all around unhappy person to be around. You were miserable this way on the inside and towards others. However much you tried to convice yourself otherwise it just made you sadder.
    Not having a single boy interested in you romantically is hard for you. This drags your image down even more. After a long conversation with the same friend, though, you have come to the realization that you do think badly of yourself, worse than you should.
    There’s a difference between being realistic and harsh.
    No, you aren’t the model skinny you wish you were.
    No, you aren’t drop dead gorgeous.
    No, you don’t love everything you say and do.
    But guess what? Get over it.
    No one is perfect. The best you can do is just love yourself for who are are, imperfections and all. Because if you can’t even love yourself, then how can you expect anyone else to love you?
    When you learn to love yourself, everything else will just fall into place.

    Love Always,
    Yourself <3

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