Love You for You

Self-love has remained an alluring concept throughout history, captivating the minds of humans and casting a spell of wonder and intrigue. Yet, like the shifting tides of the sea, it has been viewed through varied lenses, at times deemed a virtue of the highest order, and at others, a ghastly vice. Some have whispered that it is akin to conceit, selfishness, and narcissism, while others have extolled it as a cornerstone of personal happiness and well-being. In the modern age, a new dawn has emerged for the concept of self-love, as it has woven its way into pride movements, feminist waves, and mental health awareness, becoming a beacon of positivity and support for those seeking to prevent substance abuse and suicide.

Self-love is a bewitching enchantment, a love that one has for oneself, rooted in the acceptance of one’s imperfections and flaws, and embracing them with compassion. It blooms in a garden of self-care, self-respect, and self-acceptance, nourished by actions that tend to one’s physical, psychological, and spiritual well-being. It is a love that is not sacrificed to please others and is often referred to as ‘self-positivity bias’ by the wise seers of psychology. Its essence can be distilled into several magical elements, such as breaking free from self-sabotaging behaviours, letting go of comparisons, honouring physical, psychological, and spiritual needs, respecting oneself and building self-esteem and confidence.

It is important to realise that self-love and narcissism are not one and the same, for they are vastly different in nature. Narcissism is a state of exaggerated self-involvement, where personal goals are pursued without regard for the harm caused to others. It is characterised by grandiosity, entitlement, vanity, and exploitative tendencies. Self-love, on the other hand, is a state of awareness, where one has a strong sense of self-esteem and confidence, without the need for external validation. It is a state of mind that acknowledges one’s strengths and weaknesses andcelebrates internal achievements. 

Self-awareness, self-worth, self-esteem, and self-care form the foundation of self-love. These principles are essential for leading a contented and joyful life. Without them, individuals may find themselves in toxic relationships and disregarding their mental and physical health, leading to an uneven distribution of love and self-worth.

The shadows of a lack of self-love can be seen in the fear of being unlovable, the need for constant attention, and self-justification. These shadows may be born from negative childhood experiences, attachment trauma, core shame, pathological loneliness, co-dependency addiction, or the full development of self-love deficit disorder (SLDD). The effects of this lack can be profound, impacting quality of life, physical and mental health, and social relationships. In SLDD, individuals with low self-esteem gravitate towards toxic and self-serving people, neglecting their own needs and adopting maladaptive behaviours to cope.

Yet, the light of self-love shines bright, showing us the way to a happier and healthier life. It is a fundamental component of healthy relationships, psychological resilience, and self-growth. It blesses us with better physical and mental health, greater life satisfaction, and a more positive outlook on life. With self-love as a barrier, we can guard ourselves against the onset of various mental health conditions, including depression, chronic anxiety, and eating disorders. 

The secret to igniting your life’s path is to accept and embrace your true self wholeheartedly. Here are some tips to cultivate self-love: combat self-doubt by engaging in activities that nourish your soul, such as journaling or taking a personal day. Set healthy boundaries that respect your needs, and don’t hesitate to decline social invitations when you require alone time. Reflect on your strengths and weaknesses, for they contribute to your unique qualities. Make self-care a routine of self-respect, balancing physical and emotional well-being with stress management and hygiene. Lastly, allow the power of positive affirmations to uplift and guide you on your path to self-love and serenity. By loving yourself, you can radiate love and compassion to the world around you.

“Never Give Up on YOU: Each day you wake up you choose the reality you’re going to live in based on your thoughts. Today choose to love yourself fully and embrace all that you are. There is no one on the planet exactly like you, embrace what sets you apart and find beauty within yourself.”

-Victoria L. White

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