Practicing self love can be challenging for many of us, especially in times when we face serious challenges.
It’s not about being self-absorbed or narcissistic, it’s about getting in touch with ourselves, our well-being and our happiness.
Feelings of powerlessness, helplessness, and lack of control have been identified as major characteristics, if not causes, of a number of psychological disorders in both children and adults. They may be the basis of depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, suicidal thoughts, substance abuse, acting-out behaviors, and general dissatisfaction with life.
From a child’s perspective, parents, elder siblings, teachers, or role models can seem so much more capable that children may interpret this as their own inadequacy.
Learning to care for the self—as well as caring for others—serves both a curative and a preventative function. The more children can learn to nurture, self love and look after themselves, the less likely they are to suffer from low levels of self-esteem or self-confidence.
A balanced attitude toward self-nurturing reduces the probability of depression, anxiety, and unhappy interpersonal relationships. A good sense of self-worth enhances feelings of empowerment and confidence, thus equipping the child for challenging situations in the present or future.
We should practice self-love so we can push through our limiting beliefs and live a life that truly shines. And to get you in the right state of mind, I’ve put together a list of compulsively readable self-loving books. Enjoy!