Happy Valentine’s Day! On this day when we celebrate love and relationships, I want us to focus on the power of self-love because the relationship we have with ourselves is foundational to how we show up with others. We don’t give self-love enough attention because we are wired as humans to focus on what we are doing wrong and where we are lacking. When we accept ourselves for who we are and recognize our worth, it has a healthy impact on our esteem and confidence. 

I highly recommend the work of Kristin Neff around self-compassion, which is the companion to self-love that encourages us to take care of ourselves, both physically and emotionally. The concept of self-love impacts how we make choices, set boundaries, and treat ourselves with kindness and care. Let’s explore more about this topic in today’s show!

Show Highlights:

  • Why self-love is not indulgence, selfishness, or narcissism
  • How to understand self-love, self-compassion, and self-care
  • Proven benefits of healthy self-love and self-care practices
  • Why we are more resilient when we are in a place of self-love and self-compassion
  • Why self-love presents an opportunity for personal growth and development
  • Practical steps to cultivate self-love:
  • Be intentional about finding enjoyment, getting good sleep, having physical movement, etc.
  • Increase awareness of your routines and patterns.
  • Turn self-criticism into a compliment.
  • Focus on gratitude.
  • Use affirmations.
  • Celebrate wins.
  • Consider taking a strengths assessment to spotlight your strengths. (Check out The STaR Coach Show Episodes 31 and 131 about Character Strengths with Dr. Ryan Niemiec.)
  • Be aware of what drains your self-love—and practice mindfulness instead. (Check out Episode 349, Mindfulness Practices with Dr. Gail Gazelle.)


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