Self-love is the foundation of self-care. Louise Hay, who was an author and founder of Hay House Publishing, used to talk about the importance of learning to love oneself as a pre-requisite to attracting joy, wellness, happiness, abundance, etc. into one’s life. She suggested that on a daily basis one should say “I love you” to themselves when looking in the mirror. I suggest you try it, not just once, but day after day and see what happens.
Every day look at yourself in the mirror, into your eyes, and say “I love you [insert your name]”. At first this might feel awkward or silly. You may feel self-conscious, embarrassed, or critical of yourself. You might see flaws before you feel self-love. This is the practice. Can you put the ego aside and allow yourself to see your true nature? I always think about how differently I would treat myself if I saw myself like my mother did, with pure love.
To really practice self-care, you must learn to love yourself unconditionally. To accept your imperfections and embrace your vulnerabilities. Developing self-love will help you be kinder and gentler to yourself. With this new perspective, self-care will become more natural and guilt-free.