We live in a society that teaches us to doubt ourselves and lack confidence. This tends to be for mainly one purpose – to make profit. From hair treatments, beauty treatments, clothes, gym memberships and more, we’re consistently encouraged to spend on improving ourselves. But instead, for the sake of your health and wellbeing, you’re going to focus on something else.
Sure, you can still indulge in all of those things outlined above, but you need to take time for practicing self care and self acceptance too. Here are some tips that can help with this.
The first step towards self acceptance and self care is to stop comparing yourself to others. This can be difficult nowadays with the prevalence of social media. We often spend hours on end scrolling through others’ journals and pictures of them doing nice things. But you also need to remember that a lot of what’s on social media isn’t a true reflection of real life. People don’t post the lows or their downs or when they’re not looking too great. Instead, you see a specially curated feed. Instead, focus on yourself rather than what others appear to be doing.
Building Your Confidence
You should build your confidence wherever possible. Often, people tend to focus on things they feel are negative about themselves rather than seeing the positives. You can find encouraging articles and information out there about embracing near enough any element of yourself. Whether that’s topics about living life as a tall girl, how to manage different textures of hair, seeing to skin blemishes, boosting your confidence and overcoming shyness or anything else. Just look for positive role models to follow who give honest and frank advice that can benefit you in a healthy and encouraging way.
Too few people take time out of their day to fully immerse themselves in relaxation. Instead, we tend to have crammed schedules that keep us occupied from the moment we wake up to the moment we get to sleep. Relaxation really is important, allowing you to disconnect from daily life and preventing major issues such as stress, anxiety and burnout. Different people, of course, like to relax in different ways. Find what best suits you best. Whatever you choose, you should be left feeling wound down and calm.
A great way to care for yourself is to set clear boundaries with everyone you engage with. This doesn’t necessarily mean laying down a rule book, but it does mean knowing what you’re comfortable with, what behavior you’re happy to accept and what you’re not. This will allow you to navigate social situations properly, ensuring others know how they can and can’t be with you. Practice boundaries with partners, friends, family and work.
As you can see, there are plenty of different areas to focus on when it comes to providing yourself with the best care possible. Whether that’s self care or self acceptance. Plus, we’re only just scratching the surface! But hopefully, some tips will help you out a lot!