Loving yourself can be a little challenging for most individuals. If you have older loved ones relying on assisted living care, it can be even more of a feat. Grandparents or parents who were raised during the Great Depression era may not have had the luxury of practicing self-love and may still be living in a survival-first mindset. When negative connotations float around your own thoughts, practicing self-love is even more challenging.
There are various ways to help others accept the idea of appreciating yourself. It can be as simple as sitting down for a sweet conversation, or maybe something more creative. You can leave positive notes around your loved one’s home or send them letters with inspirational quotes. Some quotes about valuing and accepting yourself are:
- “You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love & affection.” ~ Buddha
- “We are each gifted in a unique and important way. It is our privilege and our adventure to discover our own special light.” ~ Mary Dunbar
- “Becoming acquainted with yourself is a price well worth paying for the love that will really address your needs.” ~ Daphne Rose Kingma
- “Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are. “~Malcolm S. Forbes
- “Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one's own sunshine.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
- “The most powerful relationship you will ever have is the relationship with yourself.” ~ Steve Maraboli
- “To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
- “Loving yourself…does not mean being self-absorbed or narcissistic, or disregarding others. Rather it means welcoming yourself as the most honored guest in your own heart, a guest worthy of respect, a lovable companion.” ~ Margo Anand
- “Whatever you are doing, love yourself for doing it. Whatever you are feeling, love yourself for feeling it.” ~ Thaddeus Golas
- “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” ~ George Eliot
If your loved one verbally repeats these quotes, they may be able to contribute to positive feelings towards their own self-care. Repeating positive affirmations is a beautiful form of self-love and can help your older loved one(s) find their confidence.
If reading quotes is not enough for the senior in your life, perhaps try to find other ways to inspire positivity and love. A great gift to send to someone you care about in an assisted living community is a bouquet of beautiful flowers. Seeing the colors and smelling the freshly bloomed beauties will encourage positive feelings, similar to reading inspiring quotes.
Other great ways to send positivity is with a well-written card, chocolates, or other small gifts. Sometimes those around us need an extra push to feel better about themselves. Help your older loved one start their own journey of self-love.
Franklin Park provides independent and assisted living for seniors throughout Texas. Our goal is for all residents to feel self-love and appreciation. Search for the community nearest you!