Pop superstar, Miley Cyrus has reignited the conversation around self love following the release of her song Flowers. While the tune is as swinging and melodic as you’d expect from Miley, it’s the lyrics which are a masterclass in knowing your worth. In fact Flowers really does contain the secret to self love – which is the willingness to love yourself better than anyone else can. And that’s it.
Last month, I offered my thoughts on self worth, and the secret to self love to journalist KatieBaskerville, @iambaskerville. She was exploring the topic for an article in Mashable – and here’s that article in full.
It’s a long read, but well worth it. It contains the input of many experts in the field, and looks beyond the self-love trope of boundaries and bubble-bath. Not that these things aren’t wonderful, but there’s quite a bit more to it. It’s a guide to practising self love, even when we don’t feel like it, or feel like we’re worth it. And it’s realistic about the sacrifices that need to be made. Loving yourself has to be more than just an intention. In reality, it’s about about making sacrifices and some difficult decisions regarding which relationships to keep and which to relinquish.
If self-love and self-esteem are hot topics for you, then there are books which I always recommend. These are The Comparison Cure by Lucy Sheridan and Know your Worth by Anna Mathur. Both of these books are an excellent starting point if you’re wanting to assess and strengthen your own self-esteem. They give a solid definition of an often amorphous topic, and then follow up with practical tips.
I hope you enjoy the article and get plenty of wisdom from it. As ever, if you have any questions or comments then just let me know, below.