Have you ever heard the saying, “you can’t love someone else before you love yourself?” Well, to an extent, I believe this is true. At the same time, with my experiences, your love for someone else helps guide you to further love yourself. In my opinion, the important aspect of this statement is the idea that when you are in love with someone else, you must not forget to practice your own self-care.

It is easy to get infatuated with someone or want to be with a certain person or people all the time. That’s what love is. It’s easy to get so wrapped up in a positive relationship that you forget to take a step back. You get so happy with the other person, that you forget the importance of alone time.

This is a simple mistake that can be fixed in just one day. You must make the decision to set aside time to be alone and practice self-care, in whatever form that may be. For me, I need some time to myself every night to take care of my skin and meditate. This will look different from person-to-person, but the significance of self-care does not change.

Regardless of how positive and healthy your relationship with someone else is, the fact of the matter is, you are half the relationship with the other person. Therefore, if half of the relationship is not doing well solely, that puts a strain on the relationship as a whole. If for no other reason, be sure to practice self-care for the sake of the relationship, as having a little scheduled alone time daily, even if it’s just 20 minutes, can make all the difference in your mental state.

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