Things have been so up in the air and we are adjusting to so many sudden, unexpected changes in our lives lately. A lot of the focus has been on the impact the required quarantine has placed on our daily routines, schedules, and livelihoods, along with the recommendations to remain at home with our family as much as possible. Many of us are suddenly at home with family members, working or going to school and that may have a major impact on one’s mental stability and thought process.
The flip side is the person alone…working, completing school, or laid off at home alone during this time, along with the time we may have alone with our personal thoughts, both negative and positive. Although, completing our daily responsibilities can have a major role in one’s ability to maintain mental stability, being alone can lead to negative thoughts or purposeful isolation. The idea of being alone for a few days, will always display the pleasure of having time to regroup, do what you want, complete your self-care routine, and so much more; however, what happens after a few weeks?
I pose the question: are you happy or at least content with yourself alone? The concept of self-love seems easy at times, but now is a great opportunity to learn and enhance certain aspects of yourself. Self-love is defined, in Webster, as an appreciation of one’s own worth or virtue. Self-love is not simply a state of feeling good, it is dynamic; it grows in ways that enhance us. In the process of exploring to implement and increase self-love, we begin to accept our weaknesses and our strengths, begin to have compassion for ourselves, and we can become more focused on developing internal fulfillment.
This means that you are working to accept yourself entirely. Self-love is important because without it we may engage in intense long-term negative thoughts/emotions, along with tolerating abuse or mistreatment from others. It is important that we knowledge our needs and feelings to ensure we are truly valuing ourselves. Self-love is the foundation that allows us to be assertive, set boundaries and create healthy relationships; all while we continue to implement and practice self-care along with focusing on our dreams and goals.
When you love yourself, you have an overall positive view of yourself. This doesn’t mean you feel positive about yourself all the time; we all have good and bad days. When you love yourselves in a healthy way, you know that you are flawed and make mistakes, but you can Accept who YOU are. Practicing self-love doesn’t mean you have to change everything about your life; simply treat yourself a little better than you did yesterday.