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What is the Difference Between Self-Love and Self-Care?

Updated: Jan 3

There are certain terms that are so closely related that people often get confused

and sometimes keep following a certain notion, misinterpreting it as something else.

A quite intense example is confusing sadness as depression and later considering

depression a less severe problem and mocking the people living with the one.

However, when we talk about positive terms like self-love and self-care, they may not

look harmful, and they are not harmful but they can usually stop you from

experiencing the bigger benefits.

What is self-care

Self-care has been characterized as the practice of caring for oneself via healthy

behaviors and active management of sickness when it happens. Individuals practice

self-care daily through diet selection, activity, relaxation, and oral care.

What is self-love

Self-love is a feeling of admiration for yourself that stems from behaviors that

promote our emotional, intellectual, and spiritual development. Self-love entails

having great respect for your own contentment and well-being. Self-love entails

taking good care of one's own needs rather than compromising one's own well-

being to please others. Self-love entails refusing to accept less than your worth.

The key difference between both the terminologies

Here it can easily be seen that self-care is limited to personal hygiene and conducts,

whereas self-love is a whole lot of accepting and knowing yourself better. In a

nutshell, self-care is more about pampering yourself externally like going for a spa,

massages, and parlor appointments. On the other hand, self-love is about your

mindset, and relationship with yourself. It would be right to say that self-care is a

segment of self-love.

Self-love is deeper than self-care

However, self-care is not the same as self-love. It's easy to blend both, especially in

our frenetic, aggressive, and image-conscious world. We're inundated with

messages about the "correct" way of eating, clothing, workout, and even meditation,

and it's easy to lose track of the truth that self-care and self-love are not the same


Self-love is a more profound experience than self-care. Self-acceptance is prompted

by self-love. Self-love asks us not to pass judgement on the self-care we require.

Self-love is easier to embrace

There's really no way you'll have time to engage in self-care each day. It's simply not

possible and feeling that way will set you up for disappointment. This is where self-

love comes into play. You try to incorporate these elements into your everyday life by

practicing self-love without being harsh on yourself. However, this does not place

self-care on a pedestal. The state is important, and in reality, both self-care and self-

love serve as a tool to keep each other going.

In average, self-love is concerned with our ideas and sentiments about ourselves,

whereas self-care is concerned with our activities. That's not to suggest we can't

practice self-love or thinking about self-care. It is incorrect to state that self-care and

self-love are not about compensating yourself; they are about spending some time

with yourself and looking forward to the rest of it.

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