How to achieve this seemingly elusive state of loving ourselves, in a world where we often feel disconnected from ourselves? Loving yourself certainly takes time, effort, and commitment, but many of us don’t even know where to start. You might think that you love yourself, but in this article, we are going to discuss some signs that may mean that you don’t love yourself and you need to dig a little deeper to really fall in love with who you are.

Signs that you don’t love yourself, even if you think you do

1. You feel disconnected from yourself

With the usual situation of most of us starving for time and relaxation, of course, it comes as no surprise that we feel disconnected and unconnected. However, if you feel this way more often than not, it may mean that you don’t love yourself. To truly love yourself, you have to connect with the “you” that has been hiding under all the layers that you have put on to protect yourself in this harsh world.

If you feel like a stranger in your own body, just retreat to nature for a bit or do some deep breathing exercises, that can do wonders for your state of mind. Learn to reconnect with Mother Earth and unplug yourself from the “real world” for a while. You will feel much more real when you move away from reality a bit, ironically.

2. You don’t take care of your health

If you turn to junk food, alcohol, drugs, or any other substance for convenience, then you probably don’t take very good care of yourself, you don’t love yourself. Not caring about our health is a sure sign that we don’t really love ourselves, but in a world with constant stressors, it can be too easy to come up with a quick fix to our problems. We live in an overloaded society, and stress can lead to a number of health problems that tend to worsen over time if not treated properly.

Loving yourself means that our health is a priority. Remember to take care of yourself, because no one else will do it for you.

3. You always want to get away

Sometimes, we can feel trapped within ourselves and our bodies, and we just want to get out somehow. However, running away from ourselves or our problems will never work, because at the end of the day, you are still stuck with the person in the mirror. If you don’t love yourself, then it only makes sense that you want to run as far as possible from your perception of yourself. But hey, here’s the thing: how you perceive yourself is everything.

If you look at yourself in a positive light, and work to have a healthy image of yourself, you won’t feel nearly as restless and trapped within your own being. Work on seeing the good things about yourself, rather than looking at all the so-called “bad” things.

4. You have toxic relationships

If you find yourself in unstable and toxic relationships over and over again, then you probably don’t love yourself. Your relationships should improve your life and well-being, not steal your joy and happiness . Getting tangled up in bad relationships means that you have some things that you need to work on yourself in order to attract the right people. We can only accept the love we think we deserve, so ask yourself, “Do I deserve better?” If you think so, then you are on the right track to develop stable and healthy relationships with others.

Loving yourself means getting rid of toxic relationships that only seek to destroy you, and welcoming positive relationships into your life.

5. You feel disconnected from life

Unfortunately, many of us feel this way very often. However, if we really love ourselves, wouldn’t we work on building a life in which we can truly feel alive? If you are not feeling interested and passionate about your life, then you need to look deeply and find out why you chose the one you are living now. We all deserve to live a life filled with abundance in every way, and you owe it to yourself to create a life worth living.

Work on learning about yourself and rediscovering what truly makes you happy, so that you can live the life of your dreams and not have to settle for anything less.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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