Self-love and self-care are unbelievably important. Please do try your best to do both. And yes, there is a difference. But first, let me just clarify some things: It is not selfish of you to look after yourself and it is not egotistical to love who you are and what you look like.
Appreciating and looking after ourselves is something most of us do without realising, or what some of us think we’re doing, but actually we’re not. It’s taking time for yourself, doing things you love. Pampering, boxing, painting, climbing. Take time out, join clubs, start a new hobby. Keep your life fulfilling and healthy. Care for your skin with oils and scrubs, for your organs with healthy food and happiness, for your hair with washing and conditioning. Take time to do a facemask, go swimming, use a bathbomb, keep active, discover new places, dance, go on walks. This is self-care.
Many people do practice self-care but often forget about their emotional well being, their inner self. Support yourself emotionally. Listen to your emotions, to your gut. Say no. Say yes. Find things just for you, things that add to who you are. Look out for yourself. Reassure, support, discover yourself. Meditate, become a yogi, write your thoughts and reflect on them. Find your passion and strengthen it. Enhance your positives, work with your negatives, be aware of yourself. Appreciate who you are, how different you are. Love your fire inside, love your emotional depth, love your spontaneity. Meet with friends, meet new people, meet nature, meet yourself. Laugh, frown, discuss, wonder, cry, question. Look in the mirror and love who you are, love what you have done with what has made you, you. Admire who you are becoming. Be aware. This is self-love.
Get lost in life. Get lost in yourself. You are life. Life is you.
“Balance is the key. In everything you do. Dance all night long and practice yoga the next day. Drink wine but don’t forget your green juice. Eat chocolate when your heart wants it and kale salad when your body needs it. Wear high heels on Saturday and walk barefoot on Sunday. Live high and low. Move and stay still. Embrace all sides of who you are. Be brave, bold, spontaneous and loud and let that compliment your abilities to find silence, patience, modesty and peace. Aim for balance. Make your own rules and don’t let anybody tell you how to live according to theirs.” – Rachel Brathen