Self-love is the act of caring for yourself and loving yourself in a healthy manner. To me, self-love means to love yourself in a healthy way and practicing this means to do something you enjoy, something that makes you happy. Something that keeps your body healthy and well and makes you feel more loved. Many believe that self-love is the key to a healthy relationship with a partner and with yourself, which is very understandable. One many suffer without self-love, and feel under the weather mentally and struggle to complete daily activities. Feeling good about yourself is something you may struggle to achieve if you do not appreciate the importance of self- love.
Self-love can be practiced through many ways! I love to practice it through many ways, I enjoy a relaxing home spa day (doing face masks, taking a long bath, lighting candles and doing my nails and hair) as well as watching my favourite show on Netflix! Eating healthily is also something I enjoy as it nourishes the body and releases a lot of vitamins, it also creates enjoyable food which is nice to endure yourself with. I enjoy movement and dance as it releases serotonin which makes me feel much more confident about myself, I enjoy workouts at a healthy level and it creates muscles which make me feel much stronger and powerful when dancing. Without self-love one may feel negatively about themselves or physically be declining in wellbeing. Self-love may be as simple as running a bath or washing your face, yet it is the little things which really matter. Without self-love and self-care, I tend to be a lot more negative and don’t make as much of an effort with my appearance. I find it a lot more difficult to enjoy myself when I’ve not practiced self-love/care and find myself in more of a daze and find it hard to feel my best. It can also be difficult to interact with other people when I haven’t cared for myself and my appearance. One’s mental health may be affected if you haven’t taken the time to appreciate yourself and your body. A lot of mental health disorders can be caused by not looking after yourself properly and not educating yourself on how powerful your bodies can be, which can be quite incredible once you realise all the things one’s body can do and fight away.
If you are looking to begin loving yourself and caring for yourself, it’s important to keep in a positive mind-set about self-love. You should do whatever makes you feel happy and keeps you well taken care of, something that is a healthy habit and makes you happy. It’s important to appreciate your body and to realise it’s limitations and its strength to adapt through situations like child birth and any illnesses you may be struggling through without realising. Many people practice self-love in different ways, it doesn’t matter how you practice this as long as you do so healthily as it is such an important practice.
There is a wide range of resources you can research if you are looking into self-love and care. YouTube has a lot of videos you can watch which include a wide range of tips and tricks on mental health and self-care. There is a wide range of websites which touch on the topic and also ways to love yourself.
To conclude, self-love to me is a very personal kind of love, it is what you make it. It can be scary sometimes, yet it’s important to care for your mind and your body and self-love is the portal into it, it’s easy to enter and is very enjoyable!