“What could you be if you could give and experience unconditional love for yourself” is the main theme underlying National OmazingYou Day on March 25. The day’s main purpose is to encourage the purest, most essential kind of love there is — love for yourself. While this celebration only lasts for one day, the creator behind this special event doesn’t want you to limit yourselves. The whole month of March — to start with — could and should be used for holistic healing, where you can devote time to cherish and appreciate yourselves.
History of National OmazingYou Day
Can you believe the world once viewed loving yourself and putting yourself first as the height of selfishness? Every major religion and spiritual culture would advise against loving yourself — but it was allowed if your intentions were pure. Buddhism, Jainism, Yangism, and Confucianism, to name a few, regularly put loving others well above loving oneself. But the world eventually began to change its thoughts on this topic. Various movements and a growing awareness of individual rights have led to a growing realization of one’s worth.
The two World Wars, especially the second, and the ongoing Vietnam crisis led many Western cultures to advocate for peace and love among people. The world after the war was vulnerable but more aware than ever before of how fragile life really is. Harmony and love were the prevailing hope of the times across many countries, especially in the U.S., U.K., and Australia. The new generation of the 1950s and ‘60s were more empathetic, dedicated, and self-aware than their older generations.
Another turn towards self-love came with the second wave of the feminist movement. Alongside advocating for women’s rights, activists also began to promote the self-worth concept. They believed every woman must recognize her own value first, and only then can she accept and love herself enough to stand up for her rights.
The Black-Power Movement in the 1970s had an additional, very positive influence on the concept of self-love and worth. The main slogan — “Black is Power” — was a powerful message for people to embrace their real selves.
The self-love concept was founded on the back of these movements, and social media has only increased the spotlight on this topic. Today, people are more open to being true to themselves, throwing off the stigma of asking for help, and are getting better at embracing the good while facing down the bad. We’re learning how to put our well-being first.
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Researchers Aiden Gregg and Constantine Sedikides state self-esteem is "referring to a person's subjective appraisal of himself or herself as intrinsically positive or negative."
The U.N. General Assembly adopts a resolution to name March 20 the International Day of Happiness to help people around the world recognize the importance of happiness.
Obioma Martin, author, transformational trainer, and accountability coach, creates National OmazingYou Day.
Obioma Martin, the founder of National OmazingYou Day, is featured in Black Enterprise's list of the top 10 ‘black women making moves right now.’
National OmazingYou Day FAQs
What does unconditional self-love mean?
Unconditional self-love is all about seeing and accepting your flaws and loving yourself fully, irrespective of these.
How do you practice unconditional love for yourself?
The initial steps to loving yourself begin by eliminating all self-doubt. Taking care of yourself and forgiving all mistakes you’ve made are other ways to bring positivity into your life.
What is self-love and self-care?
The two terms are actually not the same. Self-care is to take care of yourself, especially if/when you fall ill, while self-love is a person who loves all aspects of themselves without reserve.
National OmazingYou Day Activities
Reflect on what self-love means to you
This can be different for different people. For some, self-love is indulging in their favorite hobby. For others, this might mean a much-needed vacation or a day spent with loved ones. Think about which activity, hobby, or person makes you feel good and do it or spend time with them.
Take time out for self-care
Once you’ve paused and reflected on what self-love means to you, go out and celebrate yourself. Make sure you are actively practicing self-care in your daily life, whether this is maintaining a good work-life balance or taking a mental health break from all stressors once a month.
Share the (self) love
Encourage others to practice self-love too. Talk about how you celebrate yourself and value your own worth to inspire others to feel as good in their own skin.
5 Surprising Facts About Self-Love And How To Develop This Trait
Perfection is not a very healthy trait
According to studies, people with perfectionist traits are more likely to succumb to physical and mental illness, and have lower levels of self-worth than those without this trait.
Yoga is good for building self-love
That's because yoga keeps us healthy and makes us feel good about our bodies, automatically improving how we view ourselves.
Self-compassion is important too
Research shows being kind to yourself helps people recover faster from all injuries, embarrassments, and failures, leaving them with a more resilient nature and a stronger sense of self.
Lack of self-love can be dangerous
People unhappy with themselves exhibit a higher tendency to self-harm, according to a study done in 2008.
Self-love in marketing too
Even giant corporations recognize the importance of loving ourselves; a certain personal care brand launched a campaign for 'real beauty' to celebrate every woman and their individual approach to beauty standards.
Why We Love National OmazingYou Day
It helps us become better individuals
The more we care for ourselves, the better we'll grow as individuals and the more we'll care about the world around us. We're healthier, both physically and mentally. We're more likely to help if we believe we can, and such empowerment comes from a healthy dose of believing we’re amazing.
Everybody needs a good cheerleader
And National OmazingYou Day is exactly this pom-pom waving, cheering reminder we need that we are all special, and we should celebrate this fact. And of course, the best cheerleader you can get is yourself!
We're cultivating a better society
We accept ourselves as we are and are putting our own health first. We are effectively becoming more whole, and so, are creating a kinder, happier community of individuals.
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