As we reflect on love and loving each other in this month of February, it’s important to also focus on loving our self.
“You can’t pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself first.” – Anonymous
One of the peer advocates shared her sentiments about loving herself this upcoming holiday:
I’m not going to lie, I struggle with depression sometimes. Everyday is not perfect, but I understand that in order to love others or be able to help them, I have to love myself first.
When asked what self-love means to her and why it is important, she replies:
I define self-love as the ability of combining my mind, body and spirit with the over-arching goal of being well. Sometimes, I take a Zumba class when I’m feeling down or counseling to seek the help I may possibly need. “The past is history, the future is a mystery, and today is a gift, that is why you call it present.” We have to spend time focusing on the now and enjoying ourselves now.
When asked about plans for this upcoming Valentine’s Day that would promote self-love, she suggested:
Going to get a pedicure/ manicure, running a nice bubble bath, and/or getting a massage. Whatever feels good to you- do it. Take that time out for yourself!
Now the question is posed to you, what is your definition of loving yourself?