How to Love, Appreciate and Respect Yourself

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A person is often her own worst critic. Loving, appreciating and respecting yourself does not always happen easily. It is especially difficult if you dealt with a lot of criticism from other people. Demanding respect from yourself is essential to the quality of your life. Once you respect yourself, your attitude toward yourself will change and other people will respect you. Learning to love yourself is crucial to your well-being. Self-appreciation is another vital factor in your journey through life. Reach deep into yourself to find your special and common qualities that make you undeniably phenomenal. Following a procedure can help you improve your overall attitude about yourself.

  • Deal with your past. Mistakes are only mistakes if you learned nothing from them. Count them as learning experiences and move forward.

  • Speak kindly of yourself. After you receive a compliment, say "thank you" with a smile. Do not be tempted to bad-mouth yourself to anyone.

  • Realize that you are capable of changing your outlook toward anything. You may perceive that you have flaws. In reality, flaws are neither negative nor positive; you don't have to put disposition on everything in life.

  • Learn to be introspective about your true self. See yourself in the eyes of genuine love. Write down your favorite qualities, and appreciate the admirable attributes that you possess.

  • Participate in activities that boost your confidence. Volunteering, exercising and visiting elderly neighbors are all confidence-boosters. Knowing you put a smile on someone's face will make you feel worthy.

  • Read books that are interesting to you and expand your mind. Gaining useful knowledge will improve your confidence. Visit a library's non-fiction section to find material on subjects that spark your interest.

  • Live in the present moment. Appreciate the small aspects of life. Slowing down and re-evaluating everything will force you to see the beauty of your own life.

Tips & Warnings

  • Take pride in your accomplishments.
  • Keep a journal of all your good qualities and the compliments you receive from other people.
  • Limit your contact with negative people.
  • Don't be so afraid of failing that you don't try anything new.
  • Avoid putting yourself down, especially in front of other people.

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