To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance. The popular term self-love refers to the act of valuing one’s own happiness and spiritual growth. Self-love, often confused with selfishness and egoism, is not only about satisfying your needs but it is a state of appreciation of yourself. Self-love is crucial for your well-being like self-respect is important for your happiness.
- Practice mindfulness – don’t forget that there is no one who knows you better than yourself, so act on your knowledge and accept who you really are. People who are aware of their weaknesses and strengths, acting in its sole discretion, usually tend to love themselves more.
- Become your own priority – you need to live your life your own way. If you are not a priority to yourself, you put someone’s happiness constantly over yours, you have already forgotten how it is to be assertive and you will shortly lose your identity as well. Learn to say no, protect your privacy and above all, openly talk about your needs and feelings.
- Practice love for yourself – any kind of love requires practice. Do not neglect your health and basic needs, nourish yourself and do not act on what you want but rather on what you need. Forgive yourself, accept your imperfections and your humanity, surround yourself with people who respect you and allow yourself small rewards here and there (like ice cream in my case).
Self-love, like every other kind of love needs time, patience and special care. It is a state of self-esteem which together with the self-growth, helps us to accept our weaknesses, helps us to live with purpose and focuses on our self-centered goals. Like Saint Augustine once said: He who does not know how to love himself cannot love his brothers.
Graphic Blouson Bomber: Y-3
Jumpsuit: Jason Wu
Shoes: Tommy Hilfiger
Ice cream: Blueberry Muffin