Why self-love is essential, like oxygen!
Do you have enough Self-love?
Or is that even the right question? For some the question might be, do you love yourself? As in at all?
The thing with self love as it has gotten a bit of a harsh wrap over here in the UK. I remember taunts of “look at them, don’t they love them selves”. As if it were a bad thing. When self love is a bit like oxygen, it’s essential! Self love should not be confused with arrogance. That is a totally different beast. I’m not for one moment suggesting that. But self love is much more basic and fundamental than that.
Self-love is all about respect, time, nurturing, compassion – for yourself. Does anyone else ever find themselves being way harsher too themselves when they make a mistake than they ever would be to a friend. Or finding time to do things for other people but never the time to do something totally for yourself? I find that especially common in Mums, so busy caring for everyone else they become the bottom of the list.
Self love is the most important love!
Yes you did just read that right. Here’s the thing, you can only love anyone else as much as you love yourself! That includes your children, parents, spouse (yes this blog is for married people too!). Self love is like the oxygen mask on a plane, you must apply it too yourself first. And it works both ways
No one can love you more than you love yourself
So if you can’t love anyone more than you love yourself AND no one can love you more than you love your-self. Surely it makes sense to work on your relationship with your-self as a priority? Right?
Now I can almost hear the protests of: I haven’t got time, my kids need me, ha chance would be a fine thing! The list of excuses goes on and on. However to make it a little easier for you to find that time and I’m not talking much here. Self love can be as simple as a walk in your favourite place, on your own. A quiet half hour a day to read your favourite book, saying no to the “friend” who always asks but never gives. It doesn’t have to be huge but it does need to be consistent.
Who do you love the most?
Take a moment to think of the person or people you love the most in this world. For me it’s my amazing daughters. Now think if everyone treated them the way you treat yourself, would you be happy? If the answer is no then it’s time for a change. You see you are teaching the people you love exactly what love looks like. That starts with how you love yourself.
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