February — the month of love. Or more accurately, the month of pink and red, hearts, chocolates, flowers, and ridiculously oversized teddy bears. Personally, I’ve never liked Valentine’s Day very much. I always thought it was odd that we had one specific day picked out in the year to show someone that we love them (and not to mention in super cheesy and cliché ways). I don’t hate Valentine’s Day, though! I think it’s important to recognize the loved ones in our life and what they do for us. But I think we usually forget one very important person to recognize, the person we should love most of all — ourselves.
Self-love is a vital part of our mental, emotional, and physical health. Through self-love, we grow as individuals and strengthen who we are and how we see ourselves. Loving yourself means you can appreciate who you are as a person, flaws and all, so we can become stronger, calmer, wiser, and better versions of ourselves. We tend to forget that others will never be able to love us as much as we can love ourselves, so we can’t rely on others to make us feel loved. And self-love isn’t selfish! It’s healthy. Treating yourself right only makes you appreciate yourself more.
So for any of you who maybe need to practice more self-love, I found a great article from Psychology Today that explains a simple 7-step process to learning self-love.
I also wanted to leave you with some quotes on this special Motivational Monday! And here’s a little advice from me: Don’t ever shy away from opportunities; opportunities that make you happy, or make you feel special, or that bring you closer to your goals. Because your happiness is in your hands, and I know you can do it.