Valentine’s Day is often associated as a time where lovers express their love for each other, a time where stores get filled with chocolates, teddy bears, and roses. However, Valentine’s Day is not only about showing love to others, but a time to focus on self-love. Learning to love yourself is key to accepting who you are and building self confidence as body image and self esteem issues continue to be a constant battle for both men and women alike.
- More than 90 percent of girls – 15 to 17 years – want to change at least one aspect of their physical appearance, with body weight ranking the highest.
- 7 in 10 girls believe they are not good enough or do not measure up in some way such as looks, performance in school and relationships.
- 90% of high school junior and senior women diet regularly. Young girls are more afraid of becoming fat than they are of nuclear war, cancer, or losing their parents.
- 60% of adults report they feel ashamed of the way they look.
- It is estimated that roughly two thirds of adults suffer from negative body image.
Yoga gives you the opportunity to focus on yourself and live in the now. Through the use of practicing yoga postures with your own body weight, yoga makes you trust your own body and listen to what your body tells you. Even in a yoga class filled with other people, yoga is the time where you cannot focus on anyone but yourself. Yoga focuses on strength, flexibility, balance, and breath, rather than impressing others in the room or appearance. Doing yoga poses takes physical strength and emotional strength, a kind of strength and spirit that helps you love yourself. However, self-love can also be found through the practice of meditation . Practicing mediation connects you to your breath and quiets your mind. Even just a 5 minute meditation gives you the opportunity to get in touch with your emotions and let go of the negatives.
Remember, Valentine’s Day is not only about showing love to your loved ones, but also about showing love to the person who deserves it just as much – yourself. After all, how hard is it to love others when you have not learned to love yourself?
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