February’s Focus – Loving Yourself
February is a time in which most people focus, ponder, or obsess about loving someone else or finding someone to love. Valentine’s Day has turned into a day to say to the world, “See, I am worthy of love!” Unfortunately, this inevitably lends itself to feeling unworthy of love if you’re single, or to a potentially false sense of happiness if you do have someone special with whom to celebrate.
As a Denver relationship therapist, the way I see it is that the only way truly to love another is to love yourself first. As a psychologist who focuses on helping you build healthier relationships through strengthening your most essential relationship (the one with dear old you) this is exactly where we will begin during the month of love.
Yes, you’ve heard it before. But what does “loving yourself” really mean?
Loving yourself means that you see yourself as worthy of good things (not necessarily materialistic things!) and take care of yourself in ways that enhance the likelihood of or bring forth more good things in your life.
For example, someone who loves herself would take care of her mind and body in ways that enhance her health. No, I am not encouraging you to spend 2+ hours every day at the gym, tirelessly trying to chisel your body to perfection so you’ll finally worthy of using up oxygen. Loving your body and mind is about taking care of yourself, not breaking yourself down each chance you get. Continue Reading..
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