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A 21-year-old in a waiting room said out loud, “I feel good!” Those who were there looked in amazement. Oh! Did she win the lottery? Did she receive an inheritance? Nothing of the sort. In reality, she was feeling something better than if she had won the lottery or an inheritance, she had her whole life ahead of her, she had a clear will and purpose that would lead her to a better life. She had come to the realization of who she was, and that led her to put herself first and start to love herself.
Human beings tend to look for good times and to connect with other people who make us laugh, tell us that we are strong and healthy, who celebrate our achievements. Oftentimes, we are unable to look within ourselves and realize our own potential and identify our own special qualities.
Why can’t we recognize the potential we have?
The society we live in has made us believe that maintaining our well-being, celebrating our accomplishments, and worrying about how we look is egocentric and sometimes narcissistic. In reality, knowing that we look good, that we are doing the right thing, that we know how to talk to ourselves and give ourselves advice provides us with emotional well-being, this helps us determine who we are, what we want and where we are going.
How to achieve emotional well-being?
It is important to maintain the correct attitude, understand how to value and respect ourselves, dry our own tears and tell ourselves, “we can move on”, paving our own way without neglecting ourselves of reaching the goals we have set.
When we are able to focus on ourselves, know who we are, and love ourselves, this helps us to adapt to our environment and to look towards our challenges. In a positive way this, in turn, provides us a better way with which to deal with people that surrounds us, no matter their mood or character. Our world is filled with people who haven’t learned to love themselves, people who look for external things to provide them well-being, very few are able to see that this is not necessary when you know who you are and what you want.
Most importantly, once you love yourself you are able to love others freely. Someone once said, “nobody can give what they don’t have.” If you feel good it means you have a healthy soul, without grudges, to be at peace with ourselves and with others. It makes you shine before others.
A few tips to help you feel good about yourself:
- Get up early; this helps eliminate toxins in the body.
- Walk 20 to 30 minutes at least 3 times a week.
- Eat a good breakfast.
- Eliminate saturated fats.
- Spend 10 minutes in front of the mirror each day verbalizing (out loud!) your best attributes and qualities.
- Feeling good is a matter of making a commitment with yourself.
Take these tips and do them for three weeks, to start. These are very simple but will help you to feel good and in no time it will become a habit and an essential part of your day-to-day life, helping you to finally be able to love yourself truly and completely.
This article was originally published in our Magazine Casa de Campo Living, and was contributed by Melen Trinidad De Morales, Psychologist & Therapist, Lecturer, Communicator Family producer, and TV program host.