A few thoughts on self-love
Self-love: a regard for one's own wellbeing and happiness
The concept of self-love has been around for centuries, but it's had a mixed reputation. I can remember thinking as a kid that it was bad if you 'loved yourself'.
Now I'm older, that meaning of self-love has thankfully died down somewhat, but I think we're still in a self-love shy society, constantly putting ourselves down and forgetting to give ourselves credit and care.
The longest relationship any of us will ever have is the one we have with ourselves. We may as well get comfy, embrace the imperfections and respect ourselves.
Feed yourself some love
Self-love is not selfish.
You need to be healthy and happy in order to help others.
Without self-love, you can't be your best 'you'.
That's why people say that you have to love yourself before someone else can love you. If you don't, you won't be able to recognise and accept the love you are being given.
We deserve to be loved, respected and cared for, by ourselves and by others.
This is regardless of our body shape, relationship status, sexual orientation, race, class or any other divider in our society.
There's nothing embarrassing about loving yourself.
To love is to care and to value. It is perfectly okay to care for and value yourself.
Sometimes, it can be hard to even like ourselves.
At such times, we've just got to be kind to ourselves. Less self-criticism, less striving for perfection, more self-care.
Everybody is capable of showing themselves some love
We don't all bother with it enough, and it may not seem very 'me' at the time, but there is the potential to be at peace, to be proud and to be grateful for what and who we are. It may take some practice and a lot of acceptance, but it's worth it.
What do you think about the idea of loving yourself? Do you have any tips for going beyond self-like?
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