Whether you’re venturing down the high street on Valentine’s Day or scrolling through your friends’ wedding photos on Instagram, it can sometimes feel as though there’s a lot of pressure on us to fall in love.
Many of us are guilty of placing this pressure on ourselves. If you’ve ever suffered from loneliness or a lack of self esteem, you may rush into relationships that aren’t right for you, simply to avoid being alone.
However, by taking the time to really appreciate being single and learning to love yourself, you’re sure to have a more fulfilling and rewarding relationship when you do eventually find The One. Here are 5 reasons to love yourself before you love someone else.
1.You can’t put your life on hold in search for a relationship
Some people will put their whole lives on hold so they can search high and low for a boyfriend or girlfriend. Rather than focusing on getting into a relationship, prioritise living your life and enjoying the ride. Life is filled with ups and downs, and when we treat a relationship like our end destination, we fail to enjoy all the little moments on the way there. Your time will come to find that special someone. We promise!
2. When you love yourself, you’ll be more attractive to others
Impressing and attracting others certainly shouldn’t be your number one priority in life, but when you learn to love and respect yourself, it just so happens that you become more attractive to other people in the process.
When you have self respect and confidence, you’ll probably find that you’ll stand taller, you’ll walk with a spring in your step, and your smile will become infectious. People will love being around you and your popularity will surge.
3. You’ll learn what you deserve
When you learn to spend time alone – and actively enjoy it – you’ll figure out who you are and what you deserve.
By the time you meet someone special, you’ll know what you’re looking for and will be unwilling to settle for less. As a result, you’re more likely to have a strong and fulfilling relationship with someone who treats you well.
4. People will get to know the real you
Once you’ve figured out who you are, you can really show off your true self to other people. When you’re obsessed with the idea of being in a relationship, on the other hand, you’re more likely to bend and shape yourself into the person others want you to be. This will do more harm than good! You shouldn’t be changing yourself to suit other people’s needs. Instead, be your true self and let people get to know the real you!
5. You’ll develop a thick skin
Your new found confidence will bless you with a thick skin protecting you from negativity and rejection. If things don’t work out with a potential love interest, you’ll be equipped with the self-love required to push forward and carry on with a smile on your face. Although it’s perfectly healthy to feel sad after a break up, deep down you’ll know your time will come for true love. You deserve it!