From a young age we are often taught that ‘loving yourself’ is conceited or narcissistic, but in fact it’s an integral part of having well-balanced self-esteem – something that’s extremely important for our well-being.
Our self-esteem can determine how we treat those around us and some even argue that without being able to truly love ourselves, we can’t fully love anyone else. Our self-esteem can affect the experiences we have in our lives and it’s low, it can also lead to a myriad of health problems.
So just why is it that many of us are hesitant to practice a bit of self-love? Are we worried about appearing vain or narcissistic?
We hit up Lysn psychologist Breanna Jayne Sada to unpack what the term means why we should be doing it daily.
“Self-love is about focusing on self-worth and learning to have a positive attitude towards yourself,” she explains. “It is about letting go of those negative voices inside your own head that might tell you that you’re not good enough, not pretty enough or smart enough.”
“Self-love is not about being vain or self-absorbed, it’s about being kind to the heart and soul of your being,” she continues. “Self-love is something that should be encouraged, as having a healthy attitude about ourselves is better for everyone in the long run.”
So, whats the best way to practice self-love? Breanna gives us her top tips: