In this day and age, we are particularly prone to spend a lot of time comparing ourselves with others, and this can have a negative impact on our well-being if we’re not careful. We might feel anxious and even a bit depressed when we see how our friends and relatives accomplish their goals while we just can’t seem to get anywhere near. As a result, we might develop negative feelings towards who we are, which is why we decided to share with you four useful tips that will help you learn how to accept yourself.
- Think of your positive qualities. Sometimes, it is much easier to think about the positive qualities of those around us and the negative qualities that we have. However, one of the first steps to self-acceptance is taking the time to think of our positive qualities and keep them present at all times, especially when things get difficult.
- Avoid negative thinking patterns. More often than we think, we tend to have negative thoughts about who we are, what we have achieved, and about what we are doing with our life. Learning to recognize those negative thinking patterns and avoiding them as much as we will help us realize that we are not that lost, that we are loved and valued, and that we are worth much more than we give ourselves credit for.
- Embrace your imperfections. In order to fully accept ourselves, we need to learn how to embrace our imperfections. You have probably heard a million times that nobody is perfect, and that is true. However, nobody is imperfect the way you are, either. So, remember that these “imperfections” are what makes you be a wonderfully unique being. Embrace them, learn to love them shamelessly, and this will take you to the path of self-acceptance.
- Use positive self-talk. The power of positive self-talk tends to be ignored, underrated, and even ridiculed in some circles. Nonetheless, we need to remember that using positive self-talk on a regular basis can do wonders for us, especially when we are having a bad day, a bad week, even a bad year. Don’t forget that you are your own coach, and if you don’t believe in yourself, you’ll be rooting for the wrong team for a very long time.
“To accept ourselves as we are
means to value our imperfections
as much as our perfections.”