The idea of self-love isn’t a new concept. but somehow, it has become a revolution in our modern-day society of a fast-paced culture, where overworking oneself to the point of exhaustion or breakdown is almost praised – even expected, although the majority of the time no one takes notice.
Most of us have been taught from a young age to put other’s needs before our own. We boast about “the grind” and “the hustle.” But how true to yourself do you feel while stressed and exhausted? What joys come from comparing yourself to others? Do we show up as our most authentic and open-hearted selves, while criticizing ourselves for our perceived shortcomings?
Loving yourself as you are and unconditionally, not only when you act, look or perform the way you think you should, is both radical and rewarding. When we love ourselves, we are at peace with the present moment. We’re not beating ourselves up for some past transgression or feeling anxious about meeting our future expectations. We’re free to experience contentment and to make authentic connections with others and with the world around us.
Self-love looks different for everyone because everyone is different; there isn’t a one-size-fits-all. However, taking the time to fulfill your basic needs like sleeping, eating, and breathing is a good place to start. It can be helpful to create small rituals to honor your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs. Picking one ritual to stick to and build from is easier than trying to make big changes all at once. For many of us though, trying to find a sense of calm to begin and make even small changes can be challenging but don't let that hold you back from self-improvement.
Calling on herbal remedies during times of ongoing or intense stress can make all the difference. There are many wonderful herbal allies that can help with stress, and CBD (Cannabidiol), a non-psychoactive extract from the Cannabis plant – is one widely available and particularly soothing. CBD has been used effectively for issues that range from anxiety to eczema, from seizures to cancer.
CBD has exploded in popularity recently and for good reason: not only has it aided so many in managing their disharmonies, diseases, and symptoms, it has provided a calm center, from which to heal ourselves, which is to love ourselves. CBD works directly with our endogenous cannabinoid system (ECS) to regulate inflammation, moderate immune response, and maintain overall homeostasis in the body. Homeostasis is the state of balance and equilibrium our bodies are always striving for, always fine-tuning to achieve. Our lifestyles of excessive stress, poor nutrition, and exposure to environmental toxins make this process quite difficult. Much of our trauma, overwhelm, and feelings of frustration or inadequacy manifests somatically, in the body, and CBD helps to unwind some of that tension so we can more effectively find our own homeostasis. It’s not the answer, but it is a worthy companion on our journeys to healing and self-love. If you find yourself lost on the path, don’t get upset! Just as our bodies constantly adjust to find homeostasis, we can always rediscover and uncover new ways to love ourselves.