Self-love is a cornerstone for mental wellness, as it can provide us with the proper sustenance needed to tend to our emotional needs. Our ability to have positive regard towards ourselves and prioritize personal well-being allows us to better combat life’s trials and tribulations in ways that protect both body and mind.
Let’s dive into ways self-love can help us lead healthier, more fulfilling lives to understand why it should be a priority on our mental health journeys.
Self-Love is Putting Yourself First
Putting yourself first is often thought of as selfish, but it’s one of the most selfless things you can do. You can be there for others more significantly and effectively when you care for yourself.
Think of it like this: What are the instructions if you’re on an airplane and the oxygen masks drop down? Put on your own oxygen mask before assisting others, right?
Otherwise, if you try to help someone else while you’re struggling to breathe, you’ll both end up suffocating. In the same way, if you do not take care of yourself, you will not be able to effectively take care of your mental health.
Self-Love is Making Time for Your Mental Health
Self-love isn’t just beneficial to our mental health in several ways – it is instrumental to it. When you prioritize self-love, you’re putting your mental health first.
For starters, self-love helps to promote positive thinking and a better outlook on life. If we don’t love ourselves, it’s easy to fall into the trap of negative thinking. We become our own worst critics and can end up putting ourselves down constantly. However, when we have self-love, we are more likely to view ourselves in a positive light and be kinder to ourselves when things don’t go according to plan.
In addition, self-love helps us to deal with stress and anxiety in a more constructive way. When stressed, it’s easy to turn that stress inward and focus on all the ways we’re not good enough or everything going wrong in our lives. This only worsens the stress and can lead to anxiety or depression.
However, with more self-love, we’re more likely to view stress as a challenge that can be overcome instead of a personal failing. We’re also more likely to care for ourselves when stressed, which can help prevent further mental health problems.
Self-Love is Prioritizing How You Feel
Prioritizing self-love involves listening to your feelings and understanding why they exist. Self-love is recognizing that it’s ok to feel sadness, anger, insecurity, or any other emotion without judgment. Instead of feeling embarrassed by how you’re feeling, permit yourself to express your emotions healthily.
Taking time to accept and process difficult feelings can help you learn from them to continue growing personally. If this journey feels overwhelming, Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy can be a helpful stepping stone on your path toward healthier self-love. With its unique integration of psychotherapy and ketamine therapy, KAP is tailored to provide personalized support for individuals looking for long-lasting results while providing safe and compassionate care during each step of the transformation process.
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