HOW TO BUILD SELF-ACCEPTANCE

HOW TO BUILD SELF-ACCEPTANCE

How to build self-acceptance? I will not kid you, this is not an easy task. This is a pursuit that is constant for many of us.

Self-acceptance is different from self-esteem in that acceptance means making peace with who we are, AS WE ARE. Self-acceptance means being keenly aware of your strengths and you weaknesses and feeling satisfied with yourself regardless of past behaviours and choices. WOW!

I personally believe that self-acceptance is a key tool in habit formation and living in the NOW. I must be able to be happy with who I am NOW and accept that I am worthy of all that is good. This will have an impact on my ability to accomplishing my goals in life.

FIVE SELF-ACCEPTANCE BUILDING BLOCKS

Be nice to you! I like to say be kind to all kinds – that includes being kind to yourself.

Stay positive. Believe first that the glass is half full and then learn most importantly that the glass is refillable!

Accept that we are all Imperfectly Perfect. Not one of us is alike. We are not meant to be. We are all imperfectly perfect and knowing you are perfect with all of your imperfections is in fact self-acceptance.

Forgive yourself. Here I struggle. I know that I can forgive others and believe self-forgiveness is necessary, but it is difficult. I think forgiveness builds over time, whether it is for someone else or yourself.

Believe you are capable! Make a list of your achievements in life. Include everything, large or small, education, kids, jobs, home, loves, things you have conquered. List it all and review it often. You are capable of anything you can imagine. Lifehack.org has become one of my favourite sites. There is a great post there 7 Reasons Why You Should Believe in Yourself.

Living a healthy livefatandfit lifestyle encompasses how to build self-acceptance. Self-acceptance is a key characteristic of good mental health. Good mental health improves overall wellness. Accepting yourself, indeed learning to love yourself will help you in your journey.

Please email lmfvella@livefatandfit.com with your thoughts.

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