There’s a new movement toward self-care and self-love in recent years that I find extraordinarily uplifting. There’s one rule that I wish everyone everywhere would embrace: LOVE THYSELF. Second, but close to that, is love others.
What, exactly, is self-care? Self-care is simply recognizing your needs and addressing them. This is more of a challenge than it sounds for many people, but most especially it seems to be a problem for women. I know so many amazing women that are so busy juggling families or careers or art or relationships or a combination of any or all of the above, that they forget to take a few minutes to address their own needs.
Most articles that I’ve read address self-care and self-love as if they are two entirely different ideas. To me, however, they are one and the same. If you don’t love yourself, you won’t take time to care for yourself. If you care for yourself properly, you’ll experience more self-love.
Self-love does not mean narcissism. Narcissism is an inordinate fascination with oneself, an excessive love of self. I’m not encouraging that at all. I’m encouraging you to LOVE and LIKE yourself. These are key components in every intrapersonal relationship that you have. If you can’t like yourself fully, you can’t expect your partner, or your children, or your boss to. Confidence is truly beautiful and a person that likes him or herself will exude confidence. Life’s little and big challenges are easier to tackle when you have confidence in yourself. Rejection is easier to handle. Everything in life is easier when you like yourself. I cannot preach this concept enough – it is vital to take time to really, really love yourself.
Let me step down from my soapbox for a moment here….I get it, it’s not easy to love yourself all of the time. You don’t just wake up one day and say “Eureka, I love myself in every way!!”. Self-love is a daily process, a work in progress. That’s why self-care is so vital. Daily self-care routines are the building blocks upon which self-love is built.
One of the features that I’m the most excited about working on for this blog is “Self-Love Advocacy“. I will be your personal self-love advocate and cheerleader. We will learn about, practice, and preach self-love together. Every week, I will share interviews with other self-care advocates and inspirational women that have motivated and inspired me in my personal life. I will share tips and ideas for self-care. I will host giveaways for self-care products. I will share my own struggle and journey toward self-love. I’m so excited to be going on this journey with y’all!
Please, email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or comment with any requests of features that you’d like to see, your own story, or self-care tips that you might have!