company from time to time. Take yourself out for dinner or go see a movie. Don’t wait on someone to come along to take you on your dream trip, go solo! By cultivating this treasured friendship, you stop needing others to be your companion.
2. Like Yourself
True self-love means getting rid of those negative thoughts about yourself. Be supportive and encouraging. You would never speak to your best friend in the harsh manner you sometimes speak to yourself. Accept who you are; the good and the bad. Like who you are even when you make a mistake or a bad decision. When you like yourself, you’ll be happier, and others will enjoy being around you.
3. Express Love For Yourself
Do random acts of kindness for yourself every day. Be intentional about it. You should put your love into action by eating foods that are good for you, getting plenty of exercise and rest. Yes, you should rest. You don’t have to go around saying how amazing you are but learn to accept praise graciously.
4. Learn How To Support Your Self
A best friend knows what to say to bring comfort and support, but you should also be able to self-soothe in a healthy manner. Not with food, sex, alcohol or other addictive behavior such as self-pity, but in a productive way. Be sure you’re not dependent on someone else to fulfill your needs. Whether it’s finances, managing tasks, or emotional support, learn how to take responsibility for yourself.
5. Live Your Best Life
This means something totally different to everyone. When you are more in touch with your emotions and desires, you can imagine more clearly what your best life would look like. Would you want to be healthier, start a new business venture or be a better parent or spouse? When you know what your best life looks like, you can take the steps to make it a reality.
When you become your own best friend, you improve your self-image and become more self-confident. You take responsibility for creating and living the life you’ve always desired. Being your own best friend means you’re no longer stuck in unhealthy relationships because you’re afraid of being alone.
And, when you’re a best friend to yourself, others will be attracted to you because of your positive attitude and your joy.
Physician, Health and Wellness expert, Coach, Author and Speaker! Dr. Kelly Wood, MD is board certified in Internal Medicine as well as Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism. Beyond the stethoscope, Dr. Kelly is recognized as “The Bounce Back Coach,” helping high-performing women to bounce back from failed relationships, rebuild their self-esteem, and reclaim their identity. Follow me on social media @drkellywoodmd or connect with me at [email protected]