I thought ten times that I should not do it. What am I to do? Is it worth the worry? These were my initial thoughts, combined with the concept of being with myself.
I wanted to eat out for dinner, but there was a catch. Having dinner by oneself. I went out alone while everyone else was with a companion. There were numerous second thoughts, but there was also determination.
When I requested, “One Seat, Please,” everyone turned to face me. So many eyes were on me that I felt self-conscious. Manager asked me again to confirm my request for a table for one. It was the first instance of self-love.
Since that time, I have not once considered going back. The very first time was difficult, but I came out of it feeling happier than I had in a very long time. In addition to chocolates, I may occasionally buy a beautiful bouquet for my own enjoyment. Self-love.
Self-love can be demonstrated through activities such as taking long, hot showers, taking soothing baths, lighting scented candles, sipping coffee while reading a favourite book, going for a jog, shopping for and wearing clothes that you like, treating yourself to a day at the spa, and eating well.
But self-love isn’t just about treating yourself to a spa day once in a while.
To be able to gaze in the mirror without judging or critiquing our own bodies is an important step toward embracing ourselves. Is ultimately being able to say that you are pleased with where you are in life a result of liking yourself? If we truly love ourselves, then we will be able to bring joy not just to ourselves but also to those around us when we fulfill our goals. Does loving ourselves require us to think and talk positively about ourselves at the same time? Does loving yourself entail occasionally placing ourselves ahead of other people’s priorities and paying attention to our own requirements? Yes.
The reality is that practising self-love is not limited to merely an aesthetically pleasing physical activity. Most of us have our own personal demons that we need to learn to subdue and keep under control.
Self-love is all about being comfortable about your own self, loving yourself and accepting yourself the way you are. If you do not accept the way youw are, you will never be confident enough in your own skin. So love yourself.
“to love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance”.