The Six Steps To Self-Acceptance
Is it time to make a change in your life? Are you ready to completely, utterly, and truly accept who you are? While it may sound like a difficult task, it doesn’t have to be. So long as you dedicate yourself to self-acceptance, it will come your way. If you’re ready to get started, you’ve come to the right place. Here are six simple steps to self-acceptance.
Step 1: Stop listening to other people
Everyone has their own viewpoint and opinions. That’s life. Problems arise, though, when you allow other people’s perspectives to cloud your own. You should be secure enough in yourself to decide what you want and what you think. If you’re easily swayed by the people around you and the things that they say, you should consider why that is.
Once you stop listening to other people and take account of how you feel and what you want, it will feel as though a weight has lifted. You’re a strong woman and strong women don’t let the world push them around. Instead, they shape it as they please.
Step 2: Acknowledge your unique qualities
What is it that makes you different and unique? You’re not the same as everyone else around you. You’re you. If you’ve never taken the time to really analyze what it is that you bring to the table, now is the time to do so. It could be a skill that you have, one of your many characteristics, or even just your sunny attitude. Whatever it is that you have that makes you unique, you deserve to completely own it.
Step 3: Write down your feelings
Do you take stock of your feelings on a daily basis? Most people don’t. They just go about their business, riding the roller coaster that is their emotions, and never once stopping to wonder what is causing them to feel a certain way. If you want to be in control of the way that you feel and accept yourself, you need to understand how your emotions work.
Begin by writing down your emotions on a daily basis. You could journal, use an app, or just make a note in your phone. Doing so will help you keep track of how you’re feeling on certain days and what it is that makes you happy. Once you crack that code, the world is your oyster and you can conquer anything.
Step 4: Appreciate your body
Your relationship with your body is crucial when it comes to self-acceptance. It’s no great secret that many women out there have somewhat turbulent relationships with their bodies. If that describes you, it’s time to take some action. Spend some time highlighting all the things that you love about your body.
You may even want to write these things down. Recognizing that there are things that make you awesome is easier than it sounds. You just have to be proud enough to admit it. Spend a little time figuring out what it is that you adore and then worship yourself for it. For example, you might want to take a long bath, have a massage, or just use fancy lotion.
Step 5: Practice self-care each day
Self-care is not just a habit; it’s a lifestyle. When you don’t make the time to truly look after yourself, you could find that you end up feeling run-down and a little neglected. That’s not okay, but luckily, there’s an easy solution to the problem. Make sure that you set aside at least half an hour to looking after yourself each day. (That’s not a lot of time – it’s about the same time it takes to watch an episode of your fave series!)
Use that time as you wish. You could hit the gym for half an hour, go for a walk, treat yourself to a delicious meal, do your nails, dye your hair, or just take a nap. It’s up to you. What’s important here, though, is that this time is your time. It’s nobody else’s.
Step 6: Be open, honest, and true
Are you honest when you communicate with others and yourself? When we don’t accept who we are, we tend to sugarcoat things or use white lies. It’s not that we’re bad people. We just want the people around us to think we’re a certain way, and so we embellish the truth or hide how we feel. Needless to say, doing so is seriously unhealthy.
You need to be honest in your communication. No matter whether you’re simply pondering something yourself or talking to your best friend, you should do your best to be open and tell the truth about how you feel. It may feel like a leap, especially if you’re out of practice, but it’s worth it in the long-run.
Start your journey today and begin making small, yet positive changes in your life. Self-acceptance is all about loving who you are inside and being confident enough to allow it to shine through. What could be more empowering than that? So, what on earth are you waiting for? Give it a go.
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