When asked to define who we are, most people talk about their career, status and physical appearance. However, not much thought is put into describing our inner being. And self-love is an essential part of this.
Self-love is having a deep understanding of who you are and accepting oneself, flaws and all. It is about knowing your values and your boundaries and honoring them. It helps you with your interpersonal relations because people choose how to react and treat you based on how you treat yourself.
So why is it important to practice self-love?
- It provides you with an inner happiness, confidence and peace of mind that is not easily influenced or swayed by external events and opinions.
- It enables you to make healthier choices in all areas of your life from your intimate relationships to your finances.
- It boosts confidence in self, allowing you to celebrate other people’s wins without envy.
In a nutshell, self-love is a prerequisite to loving others. Your relationships are only as strong as the foundation of your self-love. Drop any belief you may hold that loving yourself is selfish or egotistical and replace it with the truth that loving yourself is an integral part and requirement of your life.
By Kelly Weils