Recently I've realised that although I talk a lot about self-love, I don't always practice it or feel it towards myself. I've got to a place where I don't blame my body for endometriosis, and I don't hate my body when the cramps kick in - but I don't really like it either, and if I'm honest, I can't look in the mirror and not think about the things I want to change. I know I'm not the only one who feels like this, and it gets a whole lot more complicated if your body is in pain every day - so how can we love our bodies more, even with endometriosis?
I realised that my thought processes and attitude towards my body wasn't helping me make better choices when it came to managing endometriosis or looking after myself, and I couldn't just switch on the self-love button. So, I've gone back to the basics. I'm learning to love myself again, from the start.
I know how hard it is to love our bodies when we experience so much pain through it. It's all well and good saying we need to love ourselves more, but how do we even start on that journey, when we feel so much detachment or even hatred towards it? So this week, to celebrate Valentine's Day, I've written about how we can love our bodies more, even with endometriosis, over on Endometriosis News.
"This isn’t about beating yourself up if the pain is so bad one day that you can’t make it out of bed, let alone to the shower. It’s about loving yourself and caring for yourself enough that you look after the basics on the days that you can. And in return, you’ll feel better physically and mentally; and in return for that, your relationship and perception of yourself and your body can change.
This is self-care and self-love on one of the most basic levels, but also one of the most important."
You can read 'How Can We Love Our Bodies, Even with Endometriosis?' here.