Edgar’s Bath Goods is an advocate and firm believer in self-care, but self-care cannot fully happen without self-love. So, in honor of the Valentine’s season, let’s discuss self-love for a moment.
Self-love sounds selfish, but it’s not. If you have ever flown on an airplane, you have heard the safety demonstration given by the flight attendants. During the demonstration they explain how to use the air bags. The most important part of the demonstration is to put on your mask first before helping someone else with their mask. The same principle can be applied to self-love. If you are happy, comfortable, and at peace with yourself, you are more able to take care of the ones you love and be more productive in your daily obligations.
That said, here are three exercises to start the journey of self-love.
Find Inner Peace with Yourself
Self-love starts with becoming comfortable in your own skin. Everyone has things about themselves they would love to change, but maybe you’re putting too much pressure on yourself. Accept who you are, especially if your personality traits do not hurt others or put yourself in danger.
Ask yourself, “What about me must I learn to accept as-is?” You can use a journal to write down the answers to that question and begin to come to terms with who you are as a person. Other questions to help you through this exercise include, “What gifts do I / can I share with the world?” and “What about myself am I most proud of?” The answers must be related to internal attributes, ideals and personality traits, and have nothing to do with what you own or what you do for a living. You are more than the sum total of your material belongings. Love and accept who you are.
Find a Positive Role Model
Role models don’t have to be celebrities and influencers. All around us are people who have come through tough times and made it out on the other side. Somewhere, someone has been where you want to go, so find that person and ask questions. There may be an author or content creator that you can model. Read their books and watch their videos to see how they have done what you want to do. Keep in mind that no one is perfect, and everyone is capable of making mistakes. Role models are not exempt. Sometimes if you see other’s fallibility, you are more forgiving of yourself, which leads to the next exercise.
The hardest critic we can face is the one that looks back at us in the mirror. The purest form of love involves forgiving when one has been wronged, so love yourself enough to forgive yourself when you make a mistake. Other people may not forgive you, but it behooves you to forgive yourself and move forward with your life.
There are many other ways to show yourself love, and the three ways mentioned above can starts us on a positive trajectory to loving ourselves and finding the happiness we all deserve.
By the way, don’t forget to pamper yourself with our exquisitely soothing bath bombs available in eight luxurious scents; Bluebonnet, Country Rose, Dewberry, Edgar’s Signature, Fig Mint, Lavender, Prairie Sunset, and Yellow Rose of Texas.
Edgar’s Bath Goods Loves You, and we want you to love yourself. Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!