How to love yourself
Sit quietly and closely examine a photo of yourself, especially the eyes and the area around the mouth. There you might detect some vulnerability, or some childlike, innocent qualities, and you can start to feel compassion for this person who is doing their best.
2. SOCIAL MEDIA
Use Facebook and social media as a practice of generosity rather than a search for validation. Often, we post our experiences on social media to see if other people like them before we even allow ourselves to like those things. We can end up needing others to validate our experiences.
3. FOOD ADDICTION
Sit down with a large plate of food in front of you. Take a few breaths through your nose, smelling the food. Now be aware of picking up the fork and the sense of spearing the food. Feel the movement of lifting it to your mouth and your lips pulling it off the fork. When your mouth is full, focus in on the texture, taste, chewability, and maybe your urge for more will vanish.
4. OTHER PEOPLE
When you’re walking down the street, notice who’s smiling and who looks upset. Over time, intentionally focus on people who seem light and content, allowing their emotions to rub off on your own and then send the feeling back.
How to Be Human: The Manual by Ruby Wax, published by Penguin Life, is in bookstores from January 29.