February 13th is National “Love Yourself Day“. My biggest struggle with loving myself is the habit of putting the responsibility of everyone’s happiness upon my shoulder. Since I live in a home with 5 people, 2 who have learning disability, 3 that have mental illness issues and 3 that are teenagers and 2 have chronic health issues, happiness can be difficult to come by. Rarely is everyone happy at the same time. Someone always seems to be struggling. Because of this, I often feel like I’m failing at motherhood, at being a wife and a human being.
I know rationally that I cannot be responsible for other people’s happiness. It’s difficult to step away from the habit especially when it has to do with my loved ones.
It’s also not the responsibility of my loved ones to be happy to make sure I’m happy.
What is your biggest struggle with loving yourself?