1. Try mirror work
This is a popular technique I picked up from Louise Hay, it is used to boost self-love and practice mindfulness. Start by simply gazing at yourself in the mirror. Look deeply into your eyes, almost connect with yourself. As you do this, try not to dwell on your "imperfections". Notice the aspects of your face that you think are beautiful/aesthetically pleasing, bring all of your attention and awareness to these parts. If at any time you begin to have any negative thoughts or emotions, let them pass through, acknoweledge them, and release them. When you feel as though you are done and satisfied with your experience, look back into your eyes and say out loud, "I love you". It may seem weird at first, but make a habit of saying "I love you" everytime you walk by a mirror or do your mirror work. This is an essential step towards bettering your self-esteem and self-compassion.
2. Pick up a hobby
If you've always wanted to paint, take a cooking class, or play the drums, now's the time to start. When you develop and practice a hobby, you will feel accomplished, occupied, and happy. This is a great way to boost your self-esteem. Doing the things you love also gives you a chance to learn more about yourself and expand as a person.
3. Create an uplifting, joyful environment for yourself.
Decorate your workspace or bedroom with bright colors, images/photos that invoke positive emotions, pretty flowers or anything else that makes you feel at ease and content. A nice environment = a happy you.
4. Start a gratitude journal.
Buy yourself a nice notebook or journal and write at least 10 things that you are grateful for everyday and why. Really try to acknoweledge all of the gifts, talents, and things you possess. Make this a ritual and you will see how positive you will feel afterwards. When you write only positive things in your journal, you slowly but surely start to notice only the positive things in your daily life.
5. Focus on your inner-beauty.
The media constantly dictates to us that we are not truly beautiful if we do not have the "perfect body". This leads us to feeling inadequate and our self-worth begins to crumble. In that moment we need to disconnect and focus on ourselves and who we are on the inside.
You need to realize that you are not an airbrushed model or a celebrity, you are YOU. You are more than your dress size, you are more than your acne and you are more than the media's ideal image of beauty. You have an inner beauty and character that shines, that is what makes you special. Redirect your focus and stop dwelling on your appearance. True beauty comes from being yourself, living fully in the moment, and experiencing all the beautiful things this world has to offer. When you are comfortable and at ease with yourself, you are instantly 100x more attractive.
I wish you luck on your self-love journey! xo