Because if you can't love yourself, how the hell are you gonna love somebody else?
How to love yourself - alas, there's no one-size-fits-all, quick and easy trick. Speak to any of your best female friends and they'll almost all agree that however easy it is to shower love on each other (see Booksmart's getting ready scene for compliment inspo), showing yourself some kindness can be worryingly low on your to do list.
As a generation of women that has been taught they can – and should – have it all, taking the time to love yourself all too often gets swapped out for never ending bullet points on the self improvement CV. We tell ourselves we're not worthy of our own love until we've run that 10km, stayed later at work than the rest of the team, lost 5lbs, acquired thousands of followers... the list goes on. But the reality is, you already deserve your own love, as you are.
Whether that means allowing yourself to say no more, acknowledging your worth (and yes, sometimes that is monetary value) or forgiving yourself for not being a great friend recently, how to love yourself depends on what you, as an individual, need. It's switching up your mentality to applaud yourself for what you have done, rather than punishing yourself for what you haven't or couldn't. Let's face it, wouldn't that evening spin class be a bit easier if you had you on your side, celebrating yourself for simply going?
Even the most successful people struggle with how to love themselves. You know, the ones you're convinced have got it all sorted and living the perfect life? Yep, even they'll tell you, loving yourself is a work in progress.
Here are 15 women's tips for how to love yourself and reveal their own process of self love: