BY: MERIEM OUCHAKA, LMHC
Self-love is often overlooked. We assume it’s a given. Do you love, like, and respect yourself?
What is the meaning of self-love?
Self-love entails self-acceptance: accepting ourselves as beings, accepting our values, personality, physical appearance… We have to embrace our flaws, imperfections, and challenges. Instead of being self-critical, we should look for self-improvement opportunities to become a better version of ourselves. And, I’m not talking about the physical imperfections that make us human, imperfect, and unique.
We need to take the time to get to know who we really are and appreciate that unique creature.
Who are we? What are our beliefs? Values? Dreams?
How do we love ourselves? By engaging in self-care. We must take time for ourselves daily to do something that makes us feel good, setting boundaries, and knowing our limits. It’s, above all, being kind to ourselves, as strange as it may sound. It’s also being aware of our needs, psychological and social needs, as well as getting in touch with our feelings.
Loving yourself means feeling grounded, at peace, serene, and grateful. Then, our heart is open to receive love and give love. We are more able to love, feel, like, and appreciate others. It’s about being empathetic and non-judgemental. Loving everyone may not be realistic, but self-love gives us the capacity to do so.
Love yourself and be your best friend!
QUOTE FOR THE WEEK
“We have one life to live! Let’s live our best possible life!”
Meriem Oukacha, LMHC