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Self Love

This week is Valentine's Day when we celebrate love, but today I feel drawn to talk about a love we often forget about. Loving ourselves.

One of the most detrimental things you can do is fall for self-hatred. And I know so many people who dislike themselves. This can manifest in so many ways: obsessiveness about changing themselves, negative talk about themselves, destructive behavior, avoiding themselves (constant busyness, never taking the time to think or be alone with themselves, etc.). The list can go on forever. There are so many things we can loathe ourselves and so many of us are really good at it.

I've been there. Does this sound familiar? Avoiding the scale, hating every picture taken of myself, cringing at the mirror, self depreciating to beat others to the punch, etc.

Insufficient self-love is interconnected with low self esteem. Having a lack of love for yourself directly leads to a low self esteem. Then it becomes a reciprocal relationship. You can't love yourse…