When I first started my self-love journey, I put most of my focus on my physical health and wellness. I jumped into yoga, circuit workouts, and started a diet that I was completely unprepared for. What I found was over the course of my life, month after month, I had been rushing to tackle physical self-care without ever prioritizing the other nine branches of self-love. A lack of understanding of self-care caused me to have toxic eating habits and self inflicted body-shaming.
As a result of neglecting the other branches of self-love, when it came to my health + wellness, I had no consistency in my self-care and I would immediately fall back into old habits (stress eating, eating late at night, less sleep) every time something troubling or severely stressful happened in my life.
Your heart requires more than just self-care in your self-love journey.
Every person needs to take care of their physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual self.
Self-care is a requirement in self-love, but so is self-expression, self-forgiveness, and self-trust (to learn more about self-trust, read 4 Musts in Self-trust). What I have learned in myself and what I have seen in others is that if you only try to tackle self-care or if you try to include the other branches of of self-love in the definition of self-care, you will struggle in your journey.
There is so much more to self-love than self-care.
In the Path of Self-love, we know that self-care is just one aspect or branch on the self-love tree. Self-care is just as important as the other aspects of self-love and without prioritizing each of them we will not gain full access to positive health and wellness results when tackling self-care.
Here are the 10 branches of self-love and their definitions to help you begin to understand all the branches of self-love instead of only focusing on self-care:
Understanding who you are and who you are not. Being truthful about how your actions, thoughts and choices impact your life and the people around you.
Making the choice to like all the parts of yourself without exception or judgment; your body, your skin, your personality, your past your present; completely unashamed.
Self-forgiveness + Self-compassion
Making the active choice to show yourself kindness, gentleness, forgiveness, understanding, and patience whenever you need it.
To have “a strong confidence in your ability to do and be anything” -Christine Arylo you desire to be.
Making the choice to give yourself what you need every day spiritually, physically, emotionally, and mentally.
Making the choice to listen and follow that inner voice inside of you because you know what you need even when others disagree with your choices.
“choosing to consistently create, recieve and experience joy, ensuring that your sould is fully fed and nourished” -Christine Arylo (The Path of Self-love School)
Taking responsibility over your life by choosing to create the life you desire every day unapologetically.
Self-honor + Self-respect
The daily commitment to only make choices that respect and honor the scared being that you are.
Allowing the world to see you fully, truthfully, and without shame; without holding yourself back.
My Heart Advocate programs and Love Pause: Self-love Coaching will give you the space to explore the Branches of Self-love and learn how to apply them in your personal and professional life. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a Heart Advocate click HERE.
Join the self-love movement by prioritizing all the branches of self-love not just your self-care. Self-care is equally important as the other branches but we need all ten to have a well rounded and balanced life. It is important to first understand what self-love is before you focus on your self-care.
Always remember that self-care is only one part of your self-love journey.