How to accept and love yourself is a question to which is not easy to give a simple answer.
Self-acceptance is the foundation of a healthy and successful life. If you cannot love yourself, you need to ask yourself what kind of relationship can you have with your closest ones?
To love yourself is easier said than done, most of you will agree. Sometimes, certain bad experiences, situations, and opportunities can ruin your self-confidence. But, you must always fight to accept yourselves first.
One bad day, a simple mistake in an everyday life or perhaps a passing comment of some stranger can make you feel completely worthless.
But we have good news for you. Love yourself and accept yourself is something that can be learned! If you look upon that as a set of skills you need to acquire, you already give yourself an opportunity for a better and happier life. Continue reading about 10 ways how to achieve that, as of today!
Ways how to accept and love yourself
Focus on your advantages
Stop focusing on your weaknesses! Your values are your advantages. Many people do not even pay attention to their values often thinking they don’t even have any. They only focus on their shortcomings and things they aren’t good at.
Take a piece of paper and start writing things in which you are good at. If you cannot think of something because you are too self-critical, ask your friends or family members to help you. How to accept and love yourself? Let the life achievements you are proud of and the accomplishments you haven’t forgotten be your inspiration.
Start your day with something you love!
Many of us start day completely wrong. Morning ritual, opening a laptop and checking up social media. Wrong, wrong and wrong again! A daily routine which includes checking your friends’ posts on social media from various trips, fine restaurants and similar makes you think their life is so much more pleasant than yours. All this affects your mental state. Social media quite often dictate us the way we should lead our life and set us limits of our own life. How to accept and love yourself? Set the limits yourself! Be a tailor of your own everyday life. Start your day with favorite music. Read some inspirational articles and quotes. Treat yourself with a fine breakfast and a fresh juice. Start small, make your own morning rituals which will make your day better from the very start.
Be grateful for what you have!
We spend the most time thinking about the things we don’t have at the same time forgetting how lucky we are with what we have. Look around you and start appreciating everything you have in your life right now! Think about true friends you have, the family. Be grateful for your health, youth, a chance for life. There are many things you can look forward to. Many compare their life with others, which is bad. They think that other people live much better. Remember, there are always those who are in a far worse situation than yours.
There must be a thousand reasons why is worth getting up in the morning. Every morning, from the start. If you keep forgetting these reasons, put them on a paper and place it near your bed as a reminder!
Surround yourself with people you love!
In order to love and accept yourself,you need to surround yourself with positive people and the people who trust in you. People who always criticize you and stress out your bad side(s) are the last thing you need in life.
Enrich your diet!
Diet full of bad fats and carbs is the main reason why we get fat, and it can be a setback on your way to accepting yourself.
Diet does not only affect your body but your mind too. So if you are one of those always-on-diet people and are still unhappy with your looks – you risk anxiety and depression.
Forget about diets and junk food and food regime known as “I don’t care”.
How to accept and love yourself? Balance your diet. Eat varied food. Include healthy snacks, fruits, and veggies. Very soon you’ll begin to feel much better. Try! If we are wrong, let us know.
Some of us are stuck in their past. When you live in the past, your present passes by, and the future is not even on your mind, and for a moment life goes by leaving you nowhere and regretting what you haven’t done.
How to accept and love yourself? Forgive yourself and move on. What happened in the past should stay in the past. Decisions you’ve been bringing at the time were made with good intentions. People make mistakes, but they also learn from mistakes. Let your past be the lesson for the future.
Who cares what other people think!
Every now and then you get criticized by your boss due to a mistake which can happen to anyone. It also may happen that every now and then a stranger on a street addresses his comment on some fashion choice of yours that day or your neighbor surprises you with a quip that did not sit well with you. It happens every day to everyone. Instead of withdrawing into yourself, stop worrying what others think about you! It says much more about their dissatisfaction. Do not let others take out their frustrations on you.
Do something new!
Perhaps you are stuck in the daily grind. Maybe that is one of the reasons why it is becoming more difficult for you to accept yourself. If that is the case, why not trying to broaden your horizons by doing something new?
What do you think of learning a new language? Or perhaps you would fancy some cooking school or wine school? Maybe the sewing course? How long has it been since your last trip to somewhere?
The more knowledge and experience you have, the better you’ll feel – more useful and satisfied. This can be very helpful for self-acceptance.
One of the best ways to help yourself is to help somebody else. Sounds contradictory, but it’s definitively true. By helping others to put a smile on their face it will surely put a smile on your face as well. It is an incredibly strong feeling which reminds you there are still some really good people in the world, good-hearted people. Love still exists. So share it. A helping hand may not cost you a thing and may mean so little to you, yet to the one who receives a helping hand, it will mean the world!
You’ll realize how happy you are with what you have. Likewise, the very feeling you’ve helped someone will be the feeling of accomplishment which will develop the sense of your own worth and self-acceptance.
Translation: G. Dujmović