“The most important relationship we can all have is the one you have with yourself. The most important journey you can take is one of self-discovery. To know yourself, you must spend time with yourself, you must not be afraid to be alone. Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” – Aristotle
“The most important relationship is the one you have with yourself. Agree?”
While some argue that the most significant relationship is with a partner or children, I argue that you can never be the best version of yourself in those relationships if you neglect your relationship with yourself.
Developing a healthy relationship with yourself involves valuing yourself and embracing your strengths, while also kindly identifying areas where you want to improve and grow.
In my personal experience, my previous relationship was so focused on us as a couple that I lost sight of who I was. It wasn’t until my divorce that I realized I didn’t know myself, and I didn’t even like who I was.
From a young age, we seek approval from our parents, teachers, and friends, but as we grow older, we tend to prioritize making others proud of us rather than ourselves.
Think about how many times you’ve put your needs aside to please others, or how many times you’ve lost yourself in a relationship or situation.
Prioritizing your relationship with yourself not only benefits you but also improves your connections with others. You cannot be emotionally available to others unless you are emotionally available to yourself.
5 reasons why the most important relationship is the one you
have with yourself.
- You’re in it for the long haul: You can never escape yourself, so you might as well make the most of it. Learning to enjoy your own company and your alone time is essential for your well-being.
- I love you, YOU: Self-love and self-care aren’t selfish or narcissistic. I am not talking about Narcissus from Greek mythology here. They are essential for maintaining a healthy relationship with yourself. By taking vows to love and support yourself, you commit to being there for you when things get tough.
- Hello in there: Only you can hear your thoughts, and what you say to yourself matters. By learning to love and respect yourself, you can cultivate a positive and supportive inner voice.
- It does a body good: Taking care of your physical health is essential for your overall well-being. Listen to your body and find activities that work for you. Exploring your sexuality can also be a way to get to know your body and reduce stress. Orgasms release oxytocin and dopamine.
- Friend or foe: By maintaining a healthy relationship with yourself, you’ll be better equipped to handle your other relationships. You’ll know when it’s time to let go of toxic friendships and focus on the ones that serve you best.
While relationships with family and friends can bring happiness and joy to life, the most significant relationship that can enhance all other experiences is the one you have with yourself. By consistently working on this beautiful relationship, you can improve your self-care, self-love, and overall well-being.
Remember, You Got This!
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