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Self-love is an approach wherein you take care of your emotional, mental, and physical well-being. Soaking in the sun, dancing, drinking wine, taking a long hot bath, and living in the moment, in general, are all indicative of self-love. After all, the term itself refers to loving or caring for self.

Self-love is not always Instagram worthy, beautiful, relaxing, and easy. Just like it takes pressure to polish the diamond, you might need to toughen up to smooth out your edges. Now don’t get me wrong, being strict with yourself is not self-criticism, but tough love. Because guess what! as a human being, you have been known to indulge in a few unhealthy patterns, intentionally or unintentionally. Unlearning these patterns, however crucial, can be painful and exhausting. 

“Change is hard at first, messy in the middle, and so gorgeous in the end.”-Robin Sharma, The 5 AM Club: Own Your Morning, Elevate Your Life

The real journey of self-love is going to require some serious inside work, so better roll up your sleeves and plow through the mess.

“A bad day for the ego is a great day for the soul.”-Robin Sharma, The 5 AM Club: Own Your Morning, Elevate Your Life

Two key components required to create the change within us are Honesty and Acceptance. You need to be truthful about who you are, what you lack, which beliefs need to be re-wired, and which parts of your being require reconditioning.

Observing triggers in the outside world, recognizing your weakness, acknowledging bad decisions, retracing steps, and accepting help from others is tough. This essential aspect of self-love is often overlooked. This part of self-love must entail tough love.

After all, to accomplish self-love you need to fully accept the darkness and the light within you.

To walk the path of self-love, you must kiss the scars to heal and weed out the toxins for the soul.

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