Love yourself above all else
We need to take care of ourselves first. If we don't take care of ourselves first, how are we going to be able to take care of others? If we leave ourselves to be the last person, we take care of, how can we actually guarantee that we'll be there for those that we love? I've seen my share of elderly couples, and it is amazing to me to see how much, the person that is taking care of whoever is sick or needing is giving into that other person, but not realizing that if they don't take care of themselves, they won't be there to actually take care of this other person.
You need to love yourself above all. To love yourself means so many different things. It only takes something happening to you to actually realize that if you're not a hundred percent tip-top shape, you won't be there for that other person. You can get sick as they're sick. If you don't take care of yourself first, if you don't put on your mask first, how are you going to promise to be there for this other person? How are you going to make sure that you were there when this other person needs you?
Self-love is a lot more than looking in the mirror and liking who and what you see. It's about liking all the different parts of you. Loving and respecting yourself enough to let others see and know they can't mess with you. Knowing your worth and showing it through confidence. Having a high sense of all selves - self-esteem, self-worth, self- awareness, self-care, self-acceptance - these are all things that you have to have a high sense of. If you don't right now, you have to start building it.
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