Every airline tells parents that, in the event of an emergency, they are to put on their own oxygen masks before attending to their children. When we care for ourselves — honor our own needs — we implicitly can show love to others. How do we show love to ourselves?
How do we honor ourselves?
identify our needs as well as desires and explore ways of satisfying them. It can help us explore potential consequences and respond based on a bigger picture, rather than just instinct or training. You may decide to nourish your tired body with a nap rather than a nibble.
Why does “honoring the self” have benefits for a love relationship?
Have you had times when you knew you should tend to your own needs but had difficulty acknowledging them? What helped? Did your impulsive behavior ever lead you to hurt someone else or your relationship when, with time and inward direction the hurt could easily have been avoided?