Fall in Love with the Beauty of Imperfection
Sometimes, we are our toughest critic. When we make mistakes, when we feel as though we’re not doing enough, when we compare ourselves to others. Loving yourself and being comfortable in your own skin is essential to truly enjoying life to its fullest. Change is inevitable and throughout our lives we are confronted with various life and body changes that can impact the way we see ourselves. Learning to adapt to these changes can be difficult but it is important to be gentle with yourself. Nothing is perfect - we have to fall in love with the beauty of imperfection. Here are a couple of tools I use to practice self love and embracing the imperfections.
With the new age of social media, it may look like we are the only ones who don’t have our lives together. And let’s be real here, no one's life is perfect! People will only show what they want you to see, they don’t show the mistakes, the tough moments, the flaws. Maya Angelou once said, “let nothing dim the light that shines from within”. One of the biggest mistakes you can make on this journey is comparison. Only you can be you. So work on becoming the best version of yourself!
You are alive! That is a blessing within itself. Sometimes we focus so much on what’s not going our way instead of remembering what is. According to a Harvard study, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships. Take time to appreciate the good, take time to write down a weekly gratitude list.
Take Care of Your Body and Celebrate Yourself
I firmly believe in self care practices such as exercise, healthy eating, meditation, therapy and pampering in your journey to comfort and confidence. When things get hard, it is so important to take care of yourself - mentally, spiritually, and physically. Develop an eating style that works for you and makes you happy, detox your body, your social media, talk to your therapist, anything that brings peace. Always have time set aside for you. But also, indulge in self rejuvenation! Take yourself out to eat, buy yourself something nice, treat yourself to a massage, the whole thing! I promise you, instilling these practices into your daily life can make all the difference.
Ask Yourself This
When did being hard on myself ever make a situation better?