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Embracing Self-Love: Breaking Free from the Sacrificial Cycle


I was visiting with a client yesterday who needed to find time to care for herself, but like many of us had put the needs of others before her own. In essence, she had given herself away to the needs of others. Now she was burnt out and needed to find a way to make time for herself. This is an issue for many women today. How do we make time to care for and love ourselves?


Finding time for self-love can be a significant challenge for many women. There are many reasons for this, but one of the biggest challenges is the enduring expectation placed on women to prioritize the needs of others above their own. From a young age, girls are often socialized to be caretakers and nurturers, conditioned to prioritize the well-being of their families, partners, children, and communities. As a result, women may feel guilty or selfish when they attempt to carve out time for themselves, feeling obligated to fulfill their roles as caregivers instead.


Furthermore, women often face greater demands on their time and energy due to the prevalence of gendered expectations in both the workplace and the home. In many households, women continue to bear the brunt of domestic responsibilities, including childcare, cooking, cleaning, and managing household affairs. Balancing these responsibilities alongside professional obligations can leave little time or energy for activities that nurture self-love.


Additionally, societal norms and stereotypes surrounding femininity and beauty can create pressure for women to maintain unrealistic standards of appearance and behavior. This can lead to feelings of inadequacy or self-consciousness, further exacerbating the challenge of prioritizing self-love. Women may feel compelled to dedicate time and resources to activities such as grooming, exercise, or dieting, leaving little room for activities that foster self-love and acceptance.


Moreover, the pervasive influence of social media and advertising can contribute to feelings of inadequacy and comparison among women. Constant exposure to curated images of perfection can erode self-esteem and perpetuate unrealistic expectations, making it even more challenging for women to prioritize self-love without feeling guilty or selfish.


Finding time for self-love can be a daunting task for many women due to a myriad of societal, cultural, and personal factors. Addressing these challenges requires a shift in societal attitudes towards gender roles, as well as greater support and resources for women to prioritize their own well-being and foster a deep sense of self-love and acceptance. Ultimately, empowering women to prioritize self-love is not only essential for their individual health and happiness but also for building a more equitable and compassionate society.


In next weeks blog we’ll look at ten ways to prioritize self-love activities. So, stay tuned!



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