How To Improve How You Feel About Yourself
Let's face it, we all have days where we feel less than perfect about ourselves. Our hair just doesn't seem to fall right, or our clothes are ill-fitting. Although the occurrence of viewing ourselves in a less than ideal manner is natural, it seems as women we do it way more than men!
Sadly, millions of women, feel negative and hear negative all day long inside of their own heads! What if we decide to break up with that bitch living in there, to stop letting her talk to us that way! To reprogram that negative, nasty talk with empowering kind words!
In fact, Dr. Joe Rubino, the author of The Self Esteem Book, reported that over 85% of the world's population suffers from having a low self-esteem. This statistic leaves us with a world full of beautiful people who are unable to see their beauty for themselves.
Are we all doomed to live and die in an unhappy state? Fortunately, the battle of esteem can easily be won. We are creatures of habit. How can you overcome this negative loop inside your head? By taking action.
Negative self-thinking is a learned habit that can be conquered by changing the way you think. With a few tips and tricks, you'll be able to heighten your opinion of yourself and live a life of purpose. I know I know change the way you think!
Repeat Daily Self-Affirmations
Self-affirmations are an excellent way to identify your strengths. In fact, a research study found that individuals who practiced positive thinking after receiving a serious diagnosis of an illness were able to process the information and develop positive coping strategies. AKA resiliency!
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One excerpt reads, "Two recent sets of research findings suggest that positive beliefs and experiences increase attention to useful self-relevant negative information and thus may facilitate effective coping."
If positive self-thinking can assist with life-altering illnesses, surely it can help you to develop a positive self-image.
How do you practice self-affirmations?
It's simple, repeat to yourself reasons why you love yourself. Many like to stare in the mirror and list their positive qualities daily. Others find success with writing down five to ten of their favorable traits in a notebook.
The key here is to focus on what you appreciate about yourself; not others. Once you've gotten into the habit of feeding your mind with positivity, you will find that the previous negative voice will be silenced. Changing your thinking is crucial if you want to raise your self-esteem. You have to believe you are great in order to exude it.
Some Sample Affirmations that I love and share often!!
One of the best ways to learn to love yourself is through positive affirmations. You are affirming the life force that runs within you and connects you to the rest of this world, the universe and Spirit. I have listed some here from Louise Hay.
I am the eye of the storm. I stay calm, centered and peaceful regardless of external events.
I live in the present moment, here and now.
I believe everything happens for a reason, and that reason is for my highest good.
I trust myself, I trust the universe.
I make inner peace my priority.
I go with the flow.
I am like a willow tree, flexible and flowing, adapting easily to everything that comes my way.
I understand from chaos comes order. I am comfortable with chaos, ambiguity and the unknown.
I accept the timing of the universe, knowing it is for my highest good.
I am detached from having to control everything in my life.
I allow my life to unfold easily and effortlessly.
I release the need for other people’s approval.
I release my feelings of obligation to others.
I release frustration and fear by staying in the present moment.
I understand struggle is optional. I allow life to be peaceful and easy.
Whenever I feel stress, I come back to my center by focusing on my breath.
I choose to be calm, centered and peaceful over having to be right.
I release the need to be perfect.
I understand that my thoughts create my reality. I observe thoughts and choose them wisely.
I am willing to ask for and receive assistance from others and the universe.
I trust I will always find and create a way to bring about what I desire.
I understand everything is neutral and that nothing has meaning except for the meaning I give it.
I take action and then allow space for attraction.
I succeed with ease, elegance and joy.
I am connected to everything and everything is connected to me.
I am open to miracles occurring for me in my life.
I effortlessly co-create the masterpiece of my life with the universe.
With every passing moment, I am more and more at peace.
Practice saying these out loud in front of the mirror while you look into your eyes. Even better associate the affirmations with the smell of a powerful essential oil to seal in the positive feelings, and remember to think positive. We associate the positive thoughts with a smell and the memory seems to stick much easier!
Living well isn't limited to engaging in exciting activities or making tons of cash. It's a deeper connection to your body, mind, and spirit. The foods you consume have a lot to do with your moods. In fact, foods high in dairy and processed sugars are recipes for disaster if you're trying to think positively. Being mindful of what you put into your body will make you glow from the inside out! Clean Eating is the foundation of that!
In addition to eating well, engaging in some sort of physical activity is beneficial to your overall health. Getting outside and taking in the sun will boost your serotonin, also known as, the happy chemical in your brain. When you take care of your body, you'll see changes in how you view yourself. You'll become stronger both mentally and physically.
Choose Your Company Wisely
Self-esteem starts from within. However, surrounding yourself with positive people will only encourage you to continue to think happy thoughts about yourself.
Choosing companions who honor your strengths and acknowledge how great you are creates a healthy space. The danger in attempting to improve your self-esteem while surrounding yourself with negative people is that their mentality will eventually rub off on you.
You’ll begin to live in that space of negative thinking without even realizing the repercussions. People who inspire you, motivate you and challenge you are friends that will support your esteem. They respect you, so they would never intentionally attempt to taint your character. After you’ve established a firm hold on how you view yourself, it will be easy to attract likeminded people who think similarly.
You have to live with yourself for the rest of your life. Why not make the experience a great one! We all have so many unique talents and opportunities to give to the world. It’s only right that we see the beauty we possess within ourselves.
By making the above tips a form of habit, you’ll be well on your way to improving how you see yourself and living a purpose filled life.
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