Do you happen to cut down on proper sleeping hours, live on junk food for days, refuse to take a break from work despite being exhausted and so on? Do you realize that not caring about yourself ‘right here right now’ will bring you regrets later on? Read my blog post to see why you should practice self-love with pride!
Self-love is ‘Regard for one’s own well-being and happiness’, as per the Oxford Dictionaries.
1. Not selfish!
There’s a common myth that practicing self-love is self-centered, selfish and egoistic! No, it isn’t. Taking care of oneself is essential for everyone. When you don’t first prioritize your well-being and happiness, you can’t do other important things afterwards.
2. Be yourself
Self-love is natural! Caring for yourself is part of being your true self. You need your identity to achieve what you truly want in life. You can’t live your life trying to be what you aren’t, just to please others.
“Self-love has very little to do with how you feel about your outer self. It’s about accepting all of yourself.” – Tyra Banks
Self-love is closely linked to self-esteem. When you take the time to recognise your best qualities, learn to improve your existing skills and willingly eliminate bad habits (if any), then you harness your self-respect and self-esteem. People are attracted to those who are confident in what they do!
Self-care is necessary for you to remain in good health, get important things done and also be able to support others close to you. For example, you need proper sleep to remain fresh and alert the next day, go to work and get back home to spend precious time with your family in the evening.
5. Emotional health
When you know your own value, you take the time to harness good emotional health. Sadness, anger or frustration are things that you work on to eliminate (if they do arise). Self-love is part and parcel of your overall wellness and well-being!
“Allowing myself to love God completely has obviously shed light on my self-love because he loves me more than I could ever love myself.” – Angie Stone
6. Healthy relationships
You need to care about yourself first, then you can do the same for others! While self-love isn’t selfish, you, in fact need it to be able to love and respect others. Start with yourself.
Your performance depends much on how fit you are to do something. With self-love and self-care, you remain in shape to do things properly. Neglecting yourself will make you feel tired and decrease productivity level.
8. Inner peace
With self-love, you know that you’re great the way you naturally are! Although you always make efforts to improve yourself, you know that true happiness comes from within. Find joy in the simple things of life.
Self-love is a must for your holistic betterment. Take care of yourself and you’ll be at your very best in whatever you undertake! Do you have any tips to share? Please do so. Thank you!!
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