This is the 13 Days of Self Care. I have been inspired by a wall hanging I have in my home which gives 13 ideas to spoil yourself and value who you are… This is, in essence what Self Care is.
Day 11 of 13 – LOVE
LOVE. The experience or feeling we all want to have. We want people around us to love us, we want to feel loved, we want to know we are lovable… Love.
But what about love for yourself.
In my teens it was considered ‘up yourself’ if you made any mention at all about how you feel about yourself or how talented you are at something or whether you are proud of an achievement.
“You’re so up yourself” were common words used to tease or bully people.
How sad this makes me feel. No wonder we are in an epidemic where people struggle with the concept of loving themselves and caring for themselves. It’s almost like we have these messages that tell us we cannot be proud of ourselves or share a natural talent unless someone else asks or requests because otherwise it’s seen as arrogant or ‘up yourself’.
These messages are connected to our view of love. How we love others and also how we allow people to love us. I know this was a message that I heard growing up and it’s amazing how much power it held over my life for many years. I am grateful for the emotional work I have done and the people who have supported me as I began to believe that I am talented and that it’s important to love and care for myself so that I can be the best I can be in this world and to those around me.
The self care tip for today is all about love. Loving others comes much easier to most of us, however loving ourselves is the bigger challenge and I would say is actually the braver choice.
I wonder if you could make time today to tell yourself something that you are good at. Tell yourself you are loved, tell yourself you are lovable, tell yourself what you are good at, tell yourself you are strong and beautiful… the list could go on and on. When we are able to love ourselves for who we are and what we have to offer in this world, we start to love others around us in a much more genuine and authentic way.
You Are Loved. You Are Lovable. You Are Loving. Go and tell the world!
You Are Worth It.
Take Care on the Journey!
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