It’s essential to have self – respect if you desire to love yourself wholly and completely. Having self – respect offers you the ability to love yourself for a true person you are on the inside, and not just for the looks or what you do for a living or what you can do. When you are proud of you and consider yourself that you have a value of human beings, then you have self -respect.
When someone doesn’t have self – the respect they undergo feelings of shame, anger, blame, guilt and regret. They often engage in abusive, self – destructive behaviors due to the feeling of being unworthy and have little value.
Taking care of yourself
While at times it’s important to put others’ needs before your own if you do that regularly, it becomes damaging and you will never respect yourself. You must be able to draw a line between giving your physical and emotional needs ahead of serving and helping others.
You are eventually taking the toll on you when you don’t consider yourself and putting to needs to others. Not just emotionally and physically draining, it can also be expensive and time-consuming. Also, you might be feeling taken advantage of which might lead to feeling or resentful and anger.
Respect yourself but how
Not all are the same and we are born with our own set of great personal strengths and talents. To respect yourself you might try to appreciate your mind, body, and spirit.
This does not mean criticizing yourself either to yourself in front of others. If you don’t have anything nice to say then avoid it. Learn to love yourself for who you are on the inside and what you can contribute to the world and what you can offer.