Angela D. - May 24 2021

How to Start Seeing Yourself in a New Light Today

Photography by: Shelby Tessier Model: Alexandra Babbel

Ihave a challenge for you. Choose three words to describe your best friend.

Easy isn't it? Maybe you chose words such as hard-working, considerate, ambitious, beautiful, or helpful.

Another challenge: Choose three words to describe yourself.

There's a good chance those words weren't quite as pleasant. After all, it's often so much more challenging to see ourselves kindly. Instead, we see ourselves with the harsh lens of criticism.

You might have experienced this yourself. Maybe you've looked in the mirror, and your eyes flit to a new wrinkle. A grey hair. An extra kilo we didn't want. A kilo lost we tried so hard to retain. A blemish on your skin.

Maybe it's not about looking in the mirror, but more about the way you feel. It could be those tell-tale signs of ageing, your extra joint pain, your sore knees, your back that seems to ache forever.

Sometimes it's not the mirror or even the way you feel. Sometimes it's much worse. You pick apart your personality instead. After all, you're not as funny, intelligent, considerate, or insightful as someone else. You're not as successful. You're not as confident. Not as young, or old, or tall or athletic... the list goes on and on.

And the worst part of it all? You believe that this must be how everyone sees you.

And so, it might start with just a grey hair, or a setback at work, or an extra pound of weight, but soon enough, it spirals into a dangerous cycle of self-criticism and anger.

Then you're left wondering, what's the point?

What's the point in exercising if I hate the way I look? What's the point in trying at work? I'll never be good enough for the promotion. What's the point in making an effort with my appearance? I'll never look like the people I admire so much.

It's an awful feeling. And everyone will try to pull you out of it, to give you compliments or help you feel better. They want to help, sure, but unfortunately, that rarely works.

It might give you a bit of a pick-me-up for a moment, but deep down, you know you have work to do.

So, welcome to the crossroads.

By reading this today, you've probably realized that it's time to start seeing yourself in a different light. It's time to move from self-loathing to self-loving.

You don't want to feel this way about yourself for the rest of your life, do you? Of course not! You want to start celebrating the wonderful, amazing, outstanding parts that make up your unique individuality - flaws and all!

Well, there's good news, and there's bad news. The bad news is... It's up to you to make that change.

But the good news? It's not only up to you.

There's an entire system set up to help you that you can access today. It’s a tried and tested strategy that will help you begin your journey towards appreciating and truly loving yourself.

Maybe you've heard the phrase ‘If you don't love yourself, no one will.

That's simply not true. There are plenty of people who already love you and can see all the beautiful things about you. And Switch Research has made it their personal mission to help you see those things for yourself.

The Canadian-based company developed the Self-Love Journal, which will take you on a journey from negativity to self-appreciation over three months.

The journal covers three distinct sections: Self-Kindness, Gratitude, and Compassion. And with just 5 or 10 minutes a day, you'll embrace each of these steps and reframe your mindset.

Filled with activities, the journal features daily tasks and learning opportunities to show you how to see yourself in a different light.

You'll be encouraged to set intentions, create goals, practice self-kindness, forgive yourself for past mistakes, and open up to new experiences.

Best of all, you'll also be able to learn. You'll learn about yourself, your strengths, your beautiful qualities and your emotional needs.

And as you work through the daily steps, you'll be on the road to finding out how you can understand these needs and how you can give yourself the support you'd offer a friend.

Maybe you're skeptical. How can a journal provide all of that? It's a great question.

But Switch Research didn't simply create this journal with good intentions; it's actually grounded in science.

The journal was written alongside experts in their fields and is even undergoing a peer-reviewed evaluation. It uses a counselling technique called reframing, which helps you rethink and change your biased, negative thoughts.

This reframing technique is interwoven throughout the entire Self-Love Journal, so you'll start making progress from the first page.

So how much is this going to cost?

Firstly, a question: How much is your self-love worth? How much do you want to be able to see yourself as others do? To embrace your flaws, to love your personality, and to be proud of who you are?

Whatever cost you came up with, that feeling is priceless. That feeling will take you from critical to confident, and imagine how much your life could change! You could finally wake up and enjoy looking in the mirror, knowing you are the most beautiful version of yourself that will ever exist!

You could speak up in a meeting, knowing your thoughts are valuable and that you have a unique perspective to offer the world.

For that priceless feeling, some pay thousands to join online programs or seek professional help. And while those both have their place, Switch Research is dedicated to making mental health resources available to everyone.

That's why the Digital Self-Love 91-Day Journal is just $19.99.

It seems like a small price to pay for three months worth of activities, thoughtful tasks, and mindful progression.

And right now, if you purchase the digital journal, you can get access to the 7-Day Self Love Video Series for FREE!

In 91 days, once you've taken the plunge and committed to a journey of self-acceptance and love, answer me this...

How do you describe yourself now?

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Our original and best-selling journal is your key to improving your relationship with yourself.

The Self-Love journal will equip you with the tools and strategies needed to shift your brain from a state of self-judgement and turbulence to a healthier mindset of compassion and positive self-talk.

This journal is suitable for both men and women and can be used during any 90-day period of the year. 

“I lived my entire life with ZERO self confidence. I would doubt my choices, fear what others thought about me and was afraid to be seen. This journal changed everything!!!! Now I walk into a room with confidence, speak up and know exactly what I want— and it only took 5 minutes a day to get here.” -Isa L.

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    Based on 327 reviews
    Elizabeth B. (Saint Paul, US)

    I found this through an ad. I enjoy working through the prompts and will continue to try my best to use this journal to be better. I still struggle with mental health and with the combination of journals like this and help from doctors, I hope to help myself work through my issues and demons.

    Kaylinn M. (Jacksonville, US)

    Last year I started focusing more on my mental health.
    I noticed a simple & effective pattern —
    When I put myself first, I’m a better me for my daughter, friends, and family.

    As the wise old saying goes, “You can’t pour from an empty cup.”
    Why can’t this be true for mothers too?
    We spend everyday caring for our little humans that sometimes we forget to care for ourselves in the midst of the chaos.

    Switch Research is dedicated to offering affordable mental health resources for all! Including self-love, as they have worked along side psychologists, clinical therapists, and psychiatrists to deliver a 13-week journal with daily prompts to help reframe my thoughts and to be more mindful with how I speak to myself.

    Ila S. (New Delhi, IN)
    Self love is the way forward...

    Really happy to work on self love journal as usually we are taught that love is something that you receive from parents, siblings, partners etc. However, loving SELF in indian society is considered as selfish. To be able to break the chain of thought patterns is what is required. Thanks a lot for guiding and providing the valuable insights on daily basis that is able to clear certain self doubts so as to embrace self completely...just as I am.. Grateful 🙏

    MARGARET E.L. (Watertown, US)
    I’m loving this journal!

    I bought the print journal for my niece who is struggling with self-loathing over a significant weight gain (pandemic pounds). I experienced the same self-loathing for the same reason, and it was absolutely why I struggled to get back into a healthier lifestyle. The self-loathing delayed attending to a problem. When I read the Switch website and realized the journal was research-based I ordered it for my niece. When it arrived, I looked it over, and decided it was something that, even though I had stumbled upon getting back on track, I knew my success would only be temporary if I didn’t address the underlying negative thinking. When I realized there was an electronic version of the journal I ordered it for myself. At this point, I’m at day 23, and I’ve made it through the holiday excesses without succumbing to my old ways. I did a fair share of indulging with my many family events, but not once did I fall victim to dwelling on failures. At all times I felt positive about my journey. My niece is working on it, just since New Years Day, and I have talked about it with a few friends. Admittedly, I’m retired, so my mornings are rarely a time to rush, and I’ve easily incorporated journaling into my morning routine of self-care.

    Terri m. (Portland, US)
    So Relevant

    I’m loving the Switch Self Live Journal. It’s exactly what I needed with simple step by step daily pages to reflect m current feelings about myself. If you are experiencing a rough time in your life and want to realize your strength and worth, this is the perfect journal to use!

    Teresa H. (Philadelphia, US)
    Heard about it through a client!

    I am an LCSW psychotherapist, and I've recommended self love and self compassion journals and workbooks often. Yours was found by a client of mine who told me about it. I wanted to get it myself to look it over. It seems like a wonderful resource.

    Connie S. (Deerfield, US)
    Self-Love Journal

    It’s fun to turn to something daily that brings you joy about yourself and helps you to reflect upon ways to help bring your life more enjoyment and make you a richer person for yourself and others.

    Lisa T. (Brandon, US)
    New to Switch

    Ready to love myself!

    Laura B. (Loxahatchee Groves, US)
    Excellent journal

    I will be starting it today since we are in a new year. Looking forward to getting started. Thank you

    B.F. (Portland, US)

    First week has been great🙂