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We all have imperfections. You may think that you’re the only woman in the world who gets down on herself now and then but you’re not. Sometimes, when we’re feeling less than confident, we can all list our flaws.

However, how you look at these things is completely up to you. If you want to lead a happier, more fierce life, you need to embrace them.

Here’s how you can change the way that you feel about yourself:

Relish the things that make you unique

Often enough, the things that we perceive to be imperfections are not that at all. They are the things that make us different. What people think are flaws are often those small things that differ from the ‘norm.’ The key to getting out of this negative mindset is changing the way in which you see them.

Rather than getting upset that these features or parts of your body are not standard or average, you need to relish the fact that they are different. These are the little things that make you so utterly unique. And that is a truly beautiful thing.

Get out of negative thought patterns

Do you find yourself getting caught up in negative thought patterns? You’re not alone. All too many of us actually do this without even realizing it. When you’re dealing with a whole load of pressure in your life, it’s easiest to internalize things and start blaming yourself. That’s not a healthy thing to do, though, which is why it has to stop.

The key here is catching negativity before it spreads. When you find yourself thinking something bad about yourself, stop, take a minute, and think about something else. It could well be that you’re in the habit of putting yourself down. It will, of course, take some time to train yourself out of that. The more you do it, the easier it will be.

Remember that vulnerability is okay

What is it that makes you feel ashamed of your imperfections? More often than not, people are worried about what others think of them because it makes them feel vulnerable. The important thing to understand here is that vulnerability is not necessarily a negative trait. It’s a sign of great strength to show yourself to the world and not stress about how they may or may not perceive you.

When you open up to others and show them who you are inside, they can hurt you. There’s no way of avoiding that risk. However, you may just find that they warm to you and show you some genuine affection and friendship. It’s worth taking that chance. The people who do you harm are not worth your time. Those that show you compassion are.

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List the things you love about yourself

This next tip might be hard at first, but it’s worth giving a shot. How much do you love yourself? Can you list all of the things that make you special? Sit down with a pen and paper and give it a go. It could be a better experience than you imagine.

Sometimes, we fail to see all the wonderful traits we have, even though they are so very obvious to an outsider. Taking the time to see these characteristics will give you a newfound bout of confidence and make you feel more content than ever before.

Change the conversation

Body positive advice doesn’t always come straight from a mainstream TV series, but sometimes it can. And that’s perfectly okay. For this last tip, you need to channel your inner Don Draper from Mad Men and ‘change the conversation.’ If you don’t like what’s being said about you – either by yourself or by others – it’s up to you to change that.

Switch the focus away from things that you don’t like about yourself and look at something that you do. It might sound difficult but when you get into this habit, you will notice a massive difference in how you feel on a day-to-day basis. Start this positive move today.

So, what are you sitting there waiting for? Now that you’ve got all of this smart advice, it’s time to switch things up and make some changes. Yes, boosting your confidence and loving yourself for who you are is one of the best things you can do for your self-esteem. Give it a go today and see a positive difference in your life.

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Charlotte Grainger

Charlotte Grainger is a freelance writer and digital journalist. Her main areas of interest are health, lifestyle, and relationships. When she’s not writing, she loves reading, gymming, and socializing.

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