Loving yourself means that you are gentle with yourself. You don’t spend months feeling insecure after you make a small mistake. You don’t tear yourself apart for saying or doing the wrong thing. You forgive yourself. You accept yourself.
When my partner and I were intimate, things turned to slow motion — and not the good kind. I couldn’t get into sex if my body wouldn’t respond accordingly. Before, it would barely take anything to make me aroused. I wanted it all the time. Now, getting wet took a lot longer, and having an orgasm was almost impossible and not nearly as enjoyable.