What Self-Love really means

Self-love has become a buzzword in today's world, especially on social media. It's heartening to see that as a society, we're becoming more emotionally intelligent and self-aware. At the same time, like with many things, there is room for interpretation, which means that not everyone understands what self-love means in the same way.
Self-Love is crucial for a meaningful life

So, what is self-love?

According to the dictionary, self-love means “regard for one’s own well-being and happiness.” However, it can mean different things for different people, and even for the same person at different stages of their life. At Self-Love Harbour, when we talk about self-love, we mean loving and being deeply connected to oneself. This requires personal growth work, but it results in a deeper sense of joy, fulfillment, healing, and improved relationships with oneself and others.

it can truly change your life.

When you’re fully connected and loving towards yourself, it impacts all the relationships in your life, whether it’s with family, friends, or at work. It helps you make peace with the past, stay present in the moment, and have an optimistic view of the future. What once felt like big problems and triggers will no longer have the same impact, and inner peace will prevail.

Self-love doesn't mean being happy all the time.

When you’re connected with yourself, aware of your wants and needs, and compassionate towards yourself, it doesn’t mean that you’ll always be in a constant state of happiness. Life is unpredictable, and there will be hard times and unexpected surprises. However, the more you learn and practice personal growth and self-love, the more equipped you’ll be to handle those challenges with grace and resilience.
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Self-love is not selfish or narcissistic.

Contrary to what some people might think, self-love is not about putting oneself first at all times, or only caring about oneself. It’s about treating oneself with the same kindness, compassion, and respect that we would extend to a loved one. It’s about recognizing our own worth and value, and taking care of ourselves so that we can show up as our best selves in the world.

Sometimes, we may not realize that we are in need of self-love.

This can manifest in various ways. Below are some signs that you might need some self-love in your life. You might be in need of Self-Love if you:

• Constantly put others’ needs before your own, and often neglect your own self-care.

• Struggle with feelings of guilt or shame, and often feel like you’re not good enough.

• Have negative self-talk and often criticize or judge yourself.

• Struggle to set healthy boundaries in your relationships and find yourself saying yes to things you don’t really want to do.

• Have a hard time asking for help and feel like you have to do everything on your own.

If any of these sound familiar, it might be time to start practicing self-love.

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Where to start when practicing self-love?

The truth is, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. Self-love looks different for everyone, and it’s a journey that requires patience, self-compassion, and a willingness to try new things. However, here are some ideas to get you started:

• Practice self-care: Take time for yourself each day, whether it’s through meditation, exercise, reading, or simply doing something you enjoy.

• Experience gratitude: Cultivate a daily gratitude practice to help shift your focus to what you have, rather than what you lack.

• Practice self-compassion: When you find yourself being self-critical, try to reframe your thoughts and speak to yourself with kindness and compassion.

• Set healthy boundaries: Learn to say no to things that don’t align with your values or priorities, and communicate your needs to others.

• Invest on your Personal Growth: Make the time and find the resources you need to learn personal growth tools.

Self-love is even more important when in a relationship

When we love ourselves, we are more likely to attract and maintain healthy relationships. We set healthy boundaries and communicate our needs and wants in a clear and respectful way. We have a better sense of our own worth and value, which means we don’t settle for less than we deserve. In short, when we practice self-love, we show up as our best selves in our relationships, which benefits both us and our partners.

Your partner is not responsible for your happiness

It’s important to recognize that we are responsible for our own happiness and that our partners cannot provide it for us. If we don’t know what makes us happy how could they? Relying on someone else to make us happy is not a sustainable long-term approach to a healthy and fulfilling relationship. When we practice self-love, we prioritize our own needs and desires, and we take responsibility for our own emotions and well-being. This not only allows us to show up as happy and fulfilled partners, but it also takes the pressure off our relationships to be the sole source of our happiness. When we can approach our relationships with a sense of self-love and independence, we are more likely to experience long-lasting and meaningful connections with our partners.

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In summary, Self-Love is essential for us to feel connected to ourselves and as a result to others. It is not always easy to practice it, especially in the fast-paced world we live in today. However, it is essential to keep it a priority. If you struggle with that, sign up for our newsletter. We will remind you why it is important and share tips and insights on how to practice self-love with you. That is why we exist, to support and provide you with all you need for your personal growth journey to self-love.

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