How often do you dare
To treat yourself with kind care?
Have someone else do your nails or your hair
Or wear an outfit that screams real flare!

Loving yourself is a choice
Don’t let doubts have any voice!

In order to grow
We need to know
Ourselves and how we flow
What presses our buttons, how we go!

Loving yourself is a choice
Don’t let doubts have any voice!

Build on your strengths or follow a dream,
Empower yourself and don’t be mean!
Embrace your yucky bits and get keen
Nothing is as bad as it may seem!

Loving yourself is a choice
Don’t let doubts have any voice!

Hardship will surely come our way
But don’t let the blues stay
Wallowing will never pay
Healthier to laugh and be gay!

Loving yourself is a choice
Don’t let doubts have any voice!

So if you find yourself wearing a frown
Find challenges weighing you down
Go for a trip to get out of town
Or cheer yourself up by playing the clown!

Loving yourself is a choice
Don’t let doubts have any voice!

Don’t get gloomy staring into your beer
Have a ready-made list of things that can cheer
Sit in the café and leer
You are your own inner seer!

Loving yourself is a choice
Don’t let doubts have any voice!

This poem flowed naturally yesterday soon after I posted the poem on self-harm.

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