Why You Need to Love Yourself First
Updated: Feb 8
I used to believe that love meant putting everyone else and their needs first, before my own.
While I do think there is some truth to that, in the sense that being a giving person is one of the ultimate acts of being a loving person, I came to realize that I MUST give to and love myself first and foremost before anyone else. Here’s why: When you put everyone and everything else above you, you are no longer valuing yourself and your needs. And when your needs are not being met, and you don’t take care of yourself (emotionally, physically, mentally, spiritually), you can’t be the best version of yourself to the people you care about. So in essence, you aren’t actually loving them at your full potential! Here are some things to think about – 1. Are you physically taking care of yourself? Do you nourish yourself with the right foods, get enough sleep, exercise, are at a healthy weight, and on top of your check-ups? If not, I bet your energy is low, you're tired and stressed, and your confidence isn’t the highest (because you probably don’t generally feel your best). Now think about how much more you could give to others when you aren’t exhausted, you’re happy with what you see in the mirror, and you aren’t on edge with stress. 2. Are you emotionally & mentally healthy? This is a tricky one. As humans, we’re so complex and having ups and downs is totally normal. But in general, assess where you stand emotionally. If it’s in a healthy place and you can manage your emotions in a healthy way – great. But if you self-soothe in destructive ways and/or have a negative attitude and energy about you, realize that it’s not just affecting you, but others too. When you aren’t an emotionally and mentally healthy person, that energy pours into everything you do, and everyone you’re around will feel the effects, too. 3. How's your spirituality? In this sense, spirituality is about having an ultimate purpose and being in tune with your true self. Do you wake up every day excited for what your life is about, and have gratitude for all the abundance you already have? If not, you may not be listening and living to what your heart truly desires, and living this way long term affects your essence of your inner being and, in turn, doesn’t allow you to show up your very best for the world. Are you guilty of any of these? If so, don't beat yourself up over it! Be kind to yourself. It can be difficult to put your health and wellbeing first when your life is demanding between your career, your family, your friendships, your relationships, and so on. If you can think of any ways to improve your wellbeing and love yourself more, start today! Take a baby step towards this. Perhaps try getting an hour more of sleep. Move your body in a way that feels good. Take time for yourself to be with your thoughts and without distractions and feel that peace.
There was a time in my life when I wasn't feeling very fit and overall lacked energy. I was tired of the gym, so I did some research and discovered a local dance center near my apartment. They had adult classes, including Zumba, which I had never tried but was curious about. So one night I went and had a blast! I ended up rallying my girlfriends to come with me the following week, and we made it a tradition to go together. Not only were we working up a sweat, dancing, and having fun, but I found myself to have more physical and positive energy than every before. And, I could tell it made my friends happy too, which was an extra dose of awesome if you ask me. It was a new way to love myself and my friends, and I felt like I was showing up a happier, more positive version of me to everyone I encountered. I’m always looking for new ideas to love myself more, and to help my clients do the same, so share some ways you love and take care of yourself below!