Why It’s Important to Learn to Love Yourself This Valentine’s Day

I don’t know about you, but everywhere that I go it seems that I am surrounded by love. Naturally, it’s because Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, and every store wants to ensure that you get your loved one a gift that will make them swoon. Oh yeah, and roses and candy naturally.

What many don’t forget is that love should always start at home. That means, love should always start with yourself.

At the end of Sex and the City, Carrie Bradshaw said “the most exciting, challenging, and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself. And if you find someone to love the you, you love, well, that’s just fabulous.”

And that’s true. I’ve heard that before you can love someone else, you need to learn to love yourself. I’ve always believed that. After all, I worked on my relationship with myself before I began dating my boyfriend. However, what I have always wondered what happens once you’re in a relationship? 

“The most exciting, challenging, and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself. And if you find someone to love the you, you love, well, that’s just fabulous.”- Carrie Bradshaw

The answer is, well, you still have to nurture that relationship. What does that mean? Showing yourself some love. Taking yourself on some dates. Putting yourself first, even that may mean that things won’t get done, or that you don’t go out every Friday night. It means being attuned to the needs that you have. So, if you have cramps or need a night to recharge, then you do so.

Which is fine.

We don’t need to have it all, or do it all. I think sometimes we lose that, whether we are in a relationship, or if we’re single. Lately, I have been trying to learn how to love myself, which has been a struggle. I sometimes lose sight in taking time to self care, simply because of the fact that I am trying to get everything done, or try to fit so many things into one small slot of time.

This needs to stop.

And, it is.

This Valentine’s Day, I am showing myself love by simply showing myself some self love. I am practicing self care by taking care of me. I am starting to slow down. I am working on myself by doing yoga, working out, journaling, and using my essential oils on the regular.

That said, this means that I may not be the most social. I may not always be productive. And, I am okay with that.

Therefore, this Valentine’s Day, I want to ask everyone reading this to show themselves — as well as their significant others, as they are awesome too — some love. Self love is so important, and is something that is always important.

How are you going to show yourself some love this Valentine’s Day?

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