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Self-loathing, in­stead of self­love, is not un­com­mon among young peo­ple th­ese days.

Wat­sons re­minds us to give our­selves a lit­tle more love with its online video cam­paign, #lookgreatf­eelgreat (http://bit.ly/Wat­son­sPH).

“Lov­ing my­self has al­ways been an ongoing bat­tle, but by sur­round­ing my­self with peo­ple who lift me up, ac­cept­ing and lov­ing my­self be­came eas­ier,” said youth blog­ger Alyssa Baña.

Self-love is man­i­fested in dif­fer­ent ways. It means tak­ing care of your­self de­spite the stresses of ev­ery­day life. It is more than just look­ing good on the out­side—it is also about tak­ing care of your over­all health and well-be­ing.

Beauty and fash­ion blog­ger Shayne Naidas said, “Self-love doesn’t come easy for me. I have a bro­ken spine that lim­its my ac­tiv­i­ties. But I’ve learned that tough sit­u­a­tions build strong peo­ple, so in­stead of see­ing my­self weak for not be­ing able to do things other peo­ple can do, I find my own way to cope with the chal­lenges I face.”

“A few years back was a re­ally dark time for me,” said lifestyle blog­ger Char­lene Ajose. “I was giv­ing my all but still kept be­ing re­jected, over and over again. Then I fig­ured, maybe I was look­ing for hap­pi­ness in the wrong place. So I chose to live in the mo­ment, and stopped think­ing about the what ifs, and just fo­cused on the things I know would make me happy.”

Said beauty blog­ger Phyli­cia Marie Pineda: “Em­brac­ing one’s raw, unedited im­age isn’t re­ally a thing in the age of so­cial me­dia, but I got in­spired by @wat­son­sph’s #LookGoodFe­elGreat cam­paign.”

What steps can you take to love your­self more and, in the process, feel great? Here are some sug­ges­tions:

1) Be aware. It all starts with know­ing who you are and what you can do. 2) Don’t be too hard on your­self. You’re not per­fect, no­body is. If you are over­weight, you can do some­thing about it.

3) Be goal-ori­ented. List down your goals and think care­fully how you can achieve them.

4) Don’t pro­cras­ti­nate. So one of your New Year’s res­o­lu­tions was to achieve glow­ing

skin. Don’t wait un­til the year is over to have a re­al­is­tic skincare rou­tine based on proper cleans­ing, mois­tur­iz­ing and sun pro­tec­tion. 5) Re­al­ize that you’re not

alone. Many peo­ple strug­gle with lack of time or will to take proper care of them­selves.

6) Go back to ba­sics. Be­fore you get into a 10-step skincare rou­tine, re­mem­ber the ba­sics. Never sleep with makeup on and al­ways use sun­screen on your face and body be­fore leav­ing the house. The same goes for ev­ery­thing in life. You don’t need 10 de­signer bags! Con­cen­trate on the things that mat­ter, such as fam­ily, ca­reer and self­im­prove­ment. 7) Al­ways take your vi­ta­mins. We’re al­ways ex­posed to the el­e­ments. Tak­ing care of our­selves doesn’t just mean car­ing for our skin and hair. What’s in­side mat­ters. Take care of your health, the way you’d take care of your looks.

8) Stay pos­i­tive. It helps to al­ways look on the bright side. Stay pos­i­tive and think that while life may seem bleak at the mo­ment, things will get bet­ter again soon.

Shayne Naidas

Alyssa Baña

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