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Hello and happy Wednesday! Today I have a really special post for you that I have created in collaboration with We Love Dates.
We Love Dates is one of the free dating sites available online and they are on a mission! They are tired of the filters and airbrushing that is so prolific on social media at the moment. They want to spread the message that we need to get back to being real, love ourselves unconditionally and be comfortable in our own skin.
If only it was as easy as thinking it right? When you have chronic illnesses, like I do, loving yourself can be really tough. There are times when I hate my body, times I look in the mirror and can only see the steroid moon-face and my surgery scars and times when I want to cry when I am getting bald patches due to hair loss.
It takes a lot but there are ways you can help manage these feelings and I thought I would share a few things you can think about when working on some self love:
I was sent some goodies to pamper myself with by We Love Dates and I had a lush soak in the bath with some sweet treats, a candle, a face mask,a cup of ‘love’ tea and more! I think their campaign is great and encouraging people to love themselves is such an important message. We Love Dates want to help you meet the person of your dreams, but they understand the benefits of loving yourself first and why that is important when you start dating.
I try and put out as real an image of my life as possible on social media. I want to convey the truth about living with chronic illnesses and that includes both the bad and the good. I have shared photos of my scars, my swollen joints, bloating caused by my Crohns and the bald patches in my hair. This isn’t always easy and I am also guilty of using filters to make my selfies look less tired and so my skin looks a little more flawless! I don’t see this as a massive issue and I don’t think you should either – as long as you remember and love the real you too, flaws and all.
The beauty of being human is that we are all unique and it is those parts of us that are the most special! We should be shouting this out from the rooftops and celebrating the things that make us, us, not hiding behind filters. And this is where you come in! Alongside this post going live I will be posting my unfiltered selfie on Instagram and I would love you to do the same. Make sure you add the hashtag #welovereal and if you tag me, I will make sure I give it a share too.
When you are happy and love yourself, then others will follow. Be yourself – the real, imperfect, flawed, quirky, weird, beautiful and magical person you are, and most of all – love that person with all your heart.