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Self-love in Action

Updated: Jun 29, 2023

by Debra Collier-Harris, IWT Co-founder

LOVE. We use this word often. We use “love” to talk about a pair of shoes or a shirt we can’t live without or to describe a delicious meal at a restaurant. We use “love” as a term of endearment towards friends, family members, significant others, pets and even our favorite television shows.

However, how often do we use love when talking to or about ourselves? In a world that is so quick to comment, tweet, share, critique, and offer its two cents, it is vital that we view ourselves in the best light.

Self-love isn't just about bubble baths and treating yourself, although those things can be great! It's about accepting your body and its imperfections, without constantly comparing it to others. It's about acknowledging your achievements and talents, without minimizing them.

It's about respecting and caring for yourself, both physically and emotionally. It's about setting boundaries and saying no when you need to, without feeling guilty.

Whether you are thick or thin, tall or short, what’s most important is that you are healthy - physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally. You are beautiful and unique. If you’re like me, with a stretch mark or two (or more), remember that each scar tells a story. Stretch marks simply reflect that life has overextended and pulled us, but has never broken us. For some women, stretch marks are beautiful reminders of childbearing.

So, own your body and own your health. It’s yours and no one else’s. As we monitor the food we put into our mouth, may we also monitor our thoughts and the thoughts of others that we allow in. We must feed our minds and bodies with what is good and beneficial.

Self-love is a journey, and it's one that we should all take. Not currently on one? Start your journey today.

A reminder from one woman to another

  • practice those affirmations in the mirror & say them like you believe them

  • monitor the food, the energy, and the thoughts that you pour into you

  • book that self-care treatment

  • set and honor your boundaries

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