The mindset of the average person is that self-love is simply another word for selfish. We are encouraged to sacrifice for our kids and careers, put in long hours, and put ourselves last in everything we do. Anything else is considered downright narcissistic, but is that right?
The truth is that self-love is an important part of taking care of yourself and others. If you ignore your own health and well-being in your effort to take care of everyone else, you will end up getting sick and being unable to help anyone. Just like a flight attendant tells you to put your own oxygen mask on first before helping a child, you need to love yourself before you can possibly expect to love others. If you’re not sure how to begin loving yourself, here are some great tips on how to get started:
Be mindful of how you treat yourself
It’s easy to fall into the habit of extreme self-criticism. You spill your cup of coffee on the floor, and as you are wiping it up, you dwell on it. I can’t do anything right. I can’t even get a cup of coffee without messing it up. This stain is never going to come up, and it’s all my fault.
Edited by Robin Elliston
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