Why self-love isn't the be-all-end-all
Updated: Apr 24
When I was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease rheumatoid arthritis in 2000, I was given medication without any reference to nutrition or lifestyle changes.
So I thought I could just take the pills and go on living my life.
And those medications worked, until they didn’t.
Discovering that reliance on medication was only half the solution turned out to be a blessing in disguise.
The chronic pain, fatigue, and emotional distress that had ensued pushed me to make massive lifestyle changes.
I learned to prioritize myself and my health.
Truth: this was uncomfortable and scary because I’d never done it before.
Enter major soul searching, real self-care and self-compassion practices.
I practiced saying loving and kind things to myself, I learned to set boundaries by prioritizing sleep, and saying no to opportunities that didn’t support my healing. I made nutritional shifts and focused on listening to what my body needed to in order to feel better.
After years of working on self-acceptance and self-compassion and making choices (not always easy ones) that supported my health, I began to feel physically and emotionally stronger.
It was then I decided to become a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner so I could help other women with chronic conditions heal holistically through mindful, healthy lifestyle changes that support an inspired and vibrant life.
I know the challenges of trying to continually cultivate self-awareness, self-acceptance, and self-compassion, but trust me, achieving a deeper connection with yourself is invaluable to your health.
So you know, I didn’t include self-love because I believe self-compassion goes deeper.
Self-compassion allows you to get to know and honor your needs which ultimately helps you make better choices, set healthy boundaries, and show up for yourself as you would for your best friend.
Alyssa, this is what I help women with, and it's so dang important.
With all this in mind (and in heart), I invite you to set up your FREE exploratory coaching call.
Love, Your Wellness Coach,
P.S. Tune into episode 48 and the final in The Self-Series, “Self-Love vs. Self-Compassion” where I explain what self-love and self-compassion are, how they are different, and why I believe practicing self-compassion is the embodiment of living a positively anti-inflammatory life.
November 24, 2021