Self-love is the most important love there is. For some reason, this has been hard for me to accept. As a wife, mom, and grandma I have lived a life of putting others first. I've often felt that I was being selfish if I did something for myself without addressing someone else's needs first.
Also, as Christian, I've been taught that you put others needs before your own. But even Jesus needed time to himself every now and then. That's important to remember.
God said "I have loved you with an everlasting love" and we will never know the fullness of His love if we don't believe it. But the truth is if you don't love yourself, you cannot truly love others. Loving yourself doesn't mean you are selfish. It just means you care about your well being.
Tips for Practicing Self-Love this Valentine's Day
1. Buy yourself flowers. My husband is not a romantic and I usually get upset that he's not, but this year if he forgets the flowers I'm going to make sure I get some. If you are single don't wait to see if so and so will come through with a bouquet. Buy those flowers yourself!
2. Pamper yourself. Paint your nails, give yourself a facial or pedicure. You are worth it. girlfriend!
3. Do something you enjoy. If it's reading, get a new book and read away. If it's exercising, do that. Just make sure it's something you love to do.
4. Lastly, do something nice for someone else. I know I this is about loving your self this Valentine's Day but hear me out. When you do something for someone else it will often put a smile on your face and make you feel better your situation. Say something kind to a stranger or give a card to someone who doesn't expect it. All that love you give out will surely come back to you.
In what ways are you practicing self-love this Valentine's Day?