"In a nutshell, loving someone is about giving, not receiving."
Allow yourself to receive
'Tis better to give than to receive.
It's true. It feels better. Still, if one person gives, another has to receive.
You can't give if you are depleted. You can't enjoy giving if you are burnt out.
In this season of enforced giving, I suggest that you remember to give to yourself—time, relaxation, self-care and compassion. When you need help, ask for it. When you need to retreat and relax, do so.
Allow yourself to receive thanks, compliments, support, rest, and love (in whatever form it arises) without diminishing your value in any way. Over the past few years I've noticed, especially in coaching and teaching, how difficult it is for people to simply receive a compliment without disparaging themselves in some fashion. A compliment about your work, accomplishment, clothing, anything, is a gift. Learn to receive that gift.
It's the old oxygen mask instruction. "If you are traveling with a child or someone who requires assistance, secure your mask on first, and then assist the other person."
Giving and receiving are the yin and yang of energetic currency. You need both. If you think you might need to work on your receiving skills, this is a perfect time of year to practice!
"Giving opens the way for receiving."
—Florence Scovel Shinn