Self-Love and Care is Important

Sarah Rudolph, Opinion Reporter

Self-love is important because you have to love yourself before you can love anyone else. It is easier said than done to love yourself because you may feel you aren’t deserving of love or may not know how to. Having a low self-esteem can make it difficult to care for yourself. If you feel that you’re worthless, loving yourself may seem impossible. You have to learn to love and accept yourself, it does not happen instantly. There are multiple ways you can start showing concern for yourself.

1.Focus on the positive. Think about the amazing and unique qualities you have. Make a list of at least 10 good qualities you have, and reflect on it. That list will show you why you are worthy of love and also keep you thinking positively. Thinking negatively will make learning to love yourself difficult.

2.Take care of yourself. Taking care of yourself is a form of self-love. Part of loving yourself is taking care of your needs. According to, it’s important to make time to do things you enjoy. Getting enough sleep and exercise and eating right are important aspects of self-care. If you love yourself, you’d take care of yourself.

3.Accept yourself. You can’t expect others to be accepting of you, if you can’t be accepting of yourself. Embrace your differences in a positive way. Part of showing love is being accepting. Try to avoid comparing yourself to others because comparing yourself will make it hard to feel content.

You have to live with yourself, so make it enjoyable. Receiving and giving love starts by being able to admire and accept who you are. Self-love shouldn’t be confused with being arrogant or cocky.
If you want more information, there are books and online resources about the topic of self-love.These books and online resources will educate you about what self-love is, and ways you can show it.

Here are a list a few:
1.Radical Self-Love: A Guide to Loving Yourself and Living Your Dream by Gala Darling
2.Adventures for Your Soul: 21 Ways to Transform Your Habits and Reach Your Full Potential by Shannon Kaiser
3.Madly in Love with ME: The Daring Adventure of Becoming Your Own Best Friend by Christine Arylo
4.“How to Love Yourself”
5.“Love Yourself, Accept Yourself, Forgive Yourself”