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Self Love, Essential for You

Printing The Moon- Self love planners       Loving yourself is a journey...but also, it's a necessary love affair! 🥰
And it looks different for everyone. But I want to start on the spiritual side of this: the Bible says...."‘Love your neighbor as yourself." (Mark 12:31) But the big question is... how much do we love ourselves? Actually, we love ourselves at all?

I love the modern airplane parable about the "oxygen mask": Every time I travel by plane, I have the chance to remember this metaphor again: When you are in an emergency, the first thing they tell you to do is to put on your oxygen mask..  The instruction given is clear: "Put your mask on first and then help your neighbor to put it on...including your children and loved ones!" How clever is this instruction! You won't be able to help anyone if your most basic need, breathing, isn't met, or if you're at high risk of your own oxygen running out very soon! That's why first you put on your own oxygen mask and then you can help others.

Now, let's take the same concept to the side of 'Love'...
Let's say that Oxygen is equal to the Love that we carry inside.

How can you show love to others if your own love is running out? If you don't love yourself enough? How can you love others and make them feel important and valuable if you don't know how important you are or how many things you are valuable for? How can you love others if you don't know how much you are worth?

If you don't learn to love yourself, the little Love (Oxygen) you have now is going to run out as soon as your external validation disappears. And if you don't see your value and worth, the "oxygen" you have without wearing the "mask" will not be enough to sustain you. You need this "mask" to provide you what you need first, in order to love others and give your best.

Now, the BIG question...How can I start cultivating self-love?
Here are some ways
  1. Practice Self-Compassion: Treat yourself with kindness and understanding, especially during challenging times. Replace self-criticism with self-compassion, don't call yourself nasty names or insult yourself, even when you're alone.

  2. Set Boundaries: Learn to say no to things that drain your energy or don't align with your values. Boundaries are essential for protecting your mental and emotional well-being.

  3. Prioritize Self-Care: Take care of your physical, mental, and emotional health. This can include getting enough sleep, eating nourishing foods, exercising regularly, and engaging in activities that bring you joy.

  4. Celebrate Your Wins: Acknowledge and celebrate your achievements, no matter how small. Take pride in your accomplishments and the progress you've made.

  5. Practice Gratitude: Cultivate an attitude of gratitude by focusing on the things you're thankful for in your life. Keep a gratitude journal or simply take a few moments each day to reflect on what you appreciate.

  6. Nurture Your Passions: Make time for activities that ignite your passions and bring you fulfillment. Whether it's painting, writing, hiking, or dancing, indulge in activities that make your soul come alive.

  7. Surround Yourself with Positivity: Surround yourself with people who uplift and support you. Distance yourself from toxic relationships or environments that drain your energy.

  8. Embrace Self-Reflection: Take time to reflect on your thoughts, feelings, and experiences. Self-reflection can help you gain insight into yourself and your needs.

  9. Practice Mindfulness: Be present in the moment and cultivate awareness of your thoughts and feelings without judgment. Mindfulness practices like meditation, deep breathing, or yoga can help you connect with yourself on a deeper level.

  10. Seek Support: Don't be afraid to reach out for support when you need it. Whether it's talking to a trusted friend, family member, or therapist, seeking support is a sign of strength, not weakness.

  11. Be Generous: After setting your priorities, be  mindful of  the needs and well-being of others. Serve others with your best attitude and giving them the best you can.

Remember, self-love is a journey, and it's okay to have ups and downs along the way. Be patient and compassionate with yourself as you navigate this process. You deserve love and kindness – from yourself, above all.

Happy Planning!

Danella Haro-Aguayo

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