'Pretty Little Liars' Star Posts A Message On Self Love That We Can All Learn From

"Act like you love yourself."

Over the years, we've watched Sasha Pieterse, Shay Mitchell, Lucy Hale, Troian Bellisario and Ashley Benson take on different Pretty Little Liars characters, past and present, who are on various missions to bring them down. 

And if we've learned anything from their insane survival skills and quick thinking (hello, they escaped an underground "dollhouse" for goodness sake), we know that these women are particularly powerful.

Offscreen, the actresses are producers, singers, YouTube stars, and beyond — and now, Pieterse is proving she's a voice for all women who've ever felt less-than. 

In an emotional, raw Instagram post, Pieterse opens up about her struggles with weight, body confidence, and living in a destructive media spotlight. But most beautifully, she shuts down body-shamers while offering uplifting advice and support to encourage women everywhere to love themselves too.

Here are six important, empowering quotes from the post:

"I think truly loving yourself is one of the hardest things we as humans can do."

"We've all heard our parents tell us to treat people the way you want to be treated, but I think often we don't treat ourselves the way we should be treated."

"I decided at that point to love myself the way I am right now. That doesn't mean I don't want to improve myself, it means that I am making a point to love myself at every stage and chapter of my life."

"No long term happiness comes from instant gratification."

"Do not lower yourself to people who refuse to grow higher."

"Eat like you love yourself. Move like you love yourself. Speak like you love yourself. Act like you love yourself."

Keep these positive affirmations in mind as you go about your day-to-day life. In doing so, you can instill love in yourself and those around you.

Be sure to check out Pieterse's full post below:


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