Self-love is without a doubt the best and most important love. Without it, you will often feel run down and overwhelmed, and when you feel like this, you may be unintentionally self-sabotaging the foundations of your life. Self-love is needed to thrive in all areas of your life, such as your relationships, health and career and, this means responding to situations from the heart space and not your egoic mind.
You have likely heard the quote "you can't pour from an empty cup", and, essentially, all that this means is we have to take care of ourselves before taking care of others. More importantly, we must take care of ourselves to take care of others. Self-love is a state of appreciation for yourself that grows from your actions supporting your psychological, physical, and spiritual growth. It means putting your well-being and happiness at top priority and not settling for less to please others.
Accepting yourself as you are for everything that you are allows you to receive all that you deserve. If you hold yourself in high esteem, you will likely choose things that nurture your soul and serve you well. These may in the form of healthy eating, exercise, great relationships and success regarding business.
A great practice to support your psychological, physical and spiritual growth is by tapping into the healing properties of crystals.
Below are my favorite crystals for self-love.
The #1 self-love crystal is, of course, the Rose Quartz! Rose Quartz is fantastic for working on self-love and calling in love from others as it's associated with heart and heart chakra matters. This stone is for unconditional love and will most definitely help you practice self-compassion instead of focusing on flaws and imperfections.
Green Aventurine is commonly worked with to balance chakras as it helps you objectively see things. Objectively seeing means you accept the way things are without projecting your fears based on past experiences. Shifting your perspective means that you can respond to situations thoughtfully and deliberately, allowing you to live more authentically and open up to receive and give more love.
When you first begin improving your self-love, the first step is awareness. Amethyst is brilliant for spiritual self-love and helping you connect to your higher self by identifying destructive behavior. Understanding self-sabotaging behavior allows you to make the changes needed to grow into your best self. Amethyst is particularly significant to work with when meditating and removing shame, blocks and fears.
Citrine is a very powerful crystal that helps release toxic energies that are no longer serving you. When removing these energies, you make space and safety to connect with your spiritual self. This connection helps you develop a more profound understanding of your worth and eliminates negative feelings of self-doubt and worthlessness. Citrine may be what you need to adapt to a happier outlook!
Moonstone is the stone for new beginnings because of its power to bring confidence and your nurturing side to the surface. It helps you recognize the greatness of developing a loving relationship with yourself, and this is because of its similarity to the moons feminine energy. This energy reflects gentleness, patience and kindness, precisely what's needed to make positive changes.