Self-love is great medicine for our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health. Before we can practice it to better ourselves, though, we need to understand what it means.
By definition, self-love means “regard for one’s own well-being and happiness”. It is also often referred to as self-compassion; taking care of your own needs, accepting your weaknesses, embracing your strengths, being aware of your emotions, and entirely appreciating yourself. Your own well-being and happiness is the most important which is why, in today’s society, self-love can be seen as selfish and egotistical. Sure it’s true, caring for others is so important, but it definitely shouldn’t come at the cost of your own happiness.
Self-love can be hard to master; it can mean something different for each person because we all take care of ourselves in different ways, feel different emotions, respond to situations individually, and have varying views on what good mental health means to us.
In honour of February (the month of love!) Upopolis is releasing 14 days of self-love resources for youth, parents and professionals. We want to help you learn how to love yourself and to make healthy choices in life so that you can view yourself in the best way possible. Why practice self-love with us? Here are 3 good reasons:
- Self-love helps to reduce stress. When you love yourself, you are able to recognize when you might need to step back and take a break whether that’s in your career, school, home life or relationship. You are able to recognize when you might be so stressed you need to slow down.
- Self-love can help you make healthier choices. When you hold yourself to high standards, you’re more likely to make choices that help you grow in a positive way. This could mean eating better, exercising, and getting a good night’s rest.
- Self-love can increase happiness. When you’re always pointing out your flaws and weaknesses, it’s hard to be happy. When you practice self-love and accept yourself, you’re more likely to have a positive outlook on life.
All the self-love resources curated by Upopolis will be released on our social media accounts everyday starting February 7th. After that, you’ll be able to access a downloadable PDF version of the resources from our Created for U page to challenge yourself to self-love! Come back to this link to access it: https://www.upopolis.com/created-for-u/
Join us as we begin to love ourselves!