The Importance Of Loving Yourself

Last year’s Valentine’s spirit day was Stoplight Day, where students wore green, yellow, or red to show their relationship status. Students and staff felt mixed reactions towards the spirit day and the fact that they had to publicly display their relationship status.

So, it was a pleasant surprise when this year’s Valentine’s spirit day was revealed to be Dynamic Duo Day; students rejoiced at the idea of dressing up with friends or significant others as famous pairings.

The change from Stoplight Day to Dynamic Duo Day is something that we can all learn from. Although Valentine’s Day typically celebrates romantic love, we shouldn’t forget that there are other types of love.

Perhaps, we shouldn’t just celebrate romantic love, but focus on love for ourselves. Romantic love is important, but it doesn’t trump self-love.

Self-love is the idea of regarding one’s well-being and happiness, and it can be an important step to enhancing your relationship with others (you might have heard the phrase, “Love yourself before you love others”).

Loving yourself develops self-confidence and worth so that you don’t depend on external approval or love to be happy. It builds security and leaves room for you to trust others.

Self-love is important for everyone, not just those who are single, though. Everyone in the world deserves to love themselves for who they are. Sometimes people might find it hard to love themselves which is okay — there is nothing wrong with that — but there is also nothing wrong with being who you are.

So, if you find it hard to love yourself this Valentine’s Day, go out and do things you enjoy, whether you’re in a relationship or not. You could look at yourself in the mirror and tell yourself how cute you look in an outfit, go out with a friend, do a hobby, or go out on a date with your partner.

Do something that makes you happy, that gives the feeling of “I love myself.” But don’t just do it on February 14th: do it every day. Love, whether platonic or romantic, should not be limited to just one day.