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!