Self-Love is the value we place in our own happiness and well-being. It can be drained or taken from us through negative or traumatic experiences; but, we can also grow it through action.
Having love for self is extremely important for a number of reasons.
Healthy levels of self-esteem:
We must first love ourselves before we can love others.
When we experience trauma at any stage of our life, it violates our safety and often makes us question the things that make us, us.
When trauma is left unresolved, there is a continued impact on our ability to love, and this can be detrimental.
Because a lack of self-esteem and self-love can cause general discontentment, it can severely impact our happiness and emotional wellbeing.
If we do not love who we are, then we often struggle to set boundaries for ourselves that protect us. This further violates our safety and impacts our ability to live a healthy and happy life.
An inability to forgive ourselves and others prohibits us from being able to move forward. It holds resentment and animosity inward, filling us with those negative emotions. Love for ourselves allows for compassion and empathy, understanding humanness – that those that hurt us causing us to hurt ourselves stems from being wounded and being human.
An inability to love who we are can keep us trapped in the past, making it difficult to live in the present. This can have toxic effects on our ability to heal.
Lack of self-love impacts our self-confidence and ability to ask for what we need. This can lead to an ongoing pattern of not getting our needs met.
Self-Love is key to healing, and healing is what we do at The Bridge. Thus, we help our clients learn to love themselves again so that long term healing can take place. We do this in the following ways:
Once we begin to break down the barriers we have built against loving ourselves, the path to healing opens. To learn more about how The Bridge to Recovery can help, please give us a call today.
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“ Honestly the Bridge taught me something I already knew but had to remember. I am so damn special, valid, and important. Everyone in my life saw it, but me. The Bridge just showed me how to look in the mirror to see for myself. ”
- Jewel, Alumnus