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  • Writer's pictureNadia Sword

10 Steps Toward Self Love and Acceptance

We all deserve to be loved and accepted for who we are, yet it can be difficult to love ourselves. We’re constantly confronted with negative messages from society and social media that tells us we need to look/act a certain way or we need a certain number of likes to be “good enough.” But the truth is that we don’t have to conform to anyone else’s standards of beauty or success in order to be worthy of self-love — we just have to take steps toward loving and accepting ourselves exactly as we are.

Here are 10 simple ways you can start the journey toward loving yourself today.

  1. Accept your flaws: Everyone makes mistakes, has bad days, and has areas they want to improve upon — but it’s important not to dwell on these things. Instead, learn how to accept your flaws as part of who you are without letting them define you.

  2. Find a hobby: Doing something you find enjoyable can help boost your self-esteem and give you something positive to focus on when life gets stressful or overwhelming. It doesn’t matter what it is — painting, knitting, hiking — as long as it brings you joy!

  3. Take care of your body: Exercise and healthy eating habits are important for physical health, but also for mental health too! Taking care of your body helps boost your confidence and promotes feelings of wellbeing overall.

  4. Spend time with people who make you feel good about yourself: Surrounding yourself with positive people can help lift your spirits and remind you that there are people out there who appreciate you for who you are!

  5. Set goals: Having goals gives us something positive to work towards while also providing a sense of accomplishment once those goals have been achieved! Plus, it's nice having tangible evidence of how far we've come on our journey towards self-love.

  6. Practice mindfulness: Mindfulness is all about being present in the moment and connecting back with our own thoughts and feelings without judgment or expectation — something that can often be hard but incredibly rewarding at the same time!

  7. Learn how to say no: Saying yes when we really want (or need) to say no only sets us up for disappointment down the line — so learning how to politely decline requests from others is an essential step toward self-acceptance!

  8. Celebrate small successes: Whether it’s completing a project at work or taking some time off for yourself, celebrating even the smallest successes helps build confidence in ourselves !

  9. Be kinder: Being kinder not only makes other people feel better, but it also boosts our own self - esteem. Small acts of kindness like making someone a cup of tea, sending an encouraging text message, or simply smiling at strangers can go a long way!

  10. Talk about your feelings: Sometimes it feels like bottling up our emotions is easier than facing them head-on, but talking about our feelings helps us process them more effectively. Talking openly about our struggles allows us learn more about ourselves while providing an opportunity for growth.

Learning how to love ourselves takes practice, patience, and dedication –– but most importantly, it starts by taking small steps each day towards acceptance .

By following these 10 tips, you will begin cultivating more self-love in no time!

So take some time today and start finding ways that make YOU happy! You deserve it!

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