In case you haven’t had the chance to check in with your calendar, Valentine’s Day is *today* and we’ll be bombarded with pictures, posts, and other reminders of love manifesting between two people. But what about self-love and your relationship with yourself?
Oftentimes, other relationships in our lives take precedence over taking care of ourselves: spouse/partner, children, family, friends, work relationships, etc. Yet, if we don’t nurture the relationship with ourselves and check in every once in awhile, our overall happiness and ability to connect with and support others may suffer.
It took me a long time to realize that my inability to enjoy time spent alone with myself and my reluctance to engage in self-love (I’m a recovering Type-A perfectionist - it’s not the easiest identity to shed!) that I was doing myself a major disservice. Once I started facing an onslaught of health crises in 2012, I realized that in order to get better I *had* to put myself first and love myself through the difficult times.
Thankfully, I stopped being stubborn (for once in my life), and I employed the help of my therapist and self-help books to start on my self-love journey. After a few years of practicing self-love, I’d like to share some ideas and tips with you all that helped me improve my relationship with myself and that created a foundation of self-love from next-to-nothing.
Want to check out the rest of this article and read my four tips for bettering your relationship with yourself? Then you'll have to hop on over to my dear friend Rachel's website, Rachel L. Macon, where the post was first featured this past Sunday!