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 don’t look right. Although it’s normal looking at ourselves and feeling a bit inadequate, the feeling shouldn’t linger.
Sadly, thousands of individuals, unfortunately, feel negative about themselves; whether it is in their appearance or their circumstances. I sometimes feel like that. My body isn’t perfect and I feel am a bit overweight.
So yeah, I sometimes don’t like looking at my body. And sure, there are some things I can do to lose weight or eat right, but that is not the point. If I let these negative feelings further lead me to judge my body, I will start hating myself. That’s not what I want to do.
That’s not what you need to do either.
In fact, Dr. Joe Rubino, the author of The Self Esteem Book, reported that over 85% of the world’s population experience low self-esteem. This statistic tells us that a world full of beautiful people, like you and me, don’t see the beauty that is already within us.
Are we all doomed to always live this way, thinking that our appearance or abilities are unfortunate? Fortunately, the battle of esteem can easily be won. All it takes is creating habits, changing perspectives, and putting it into action daily.
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 strengthen your opinion of yourself and live a life of purpose.
Let’s get started.
This post is about how to stop feeling negative about yourself.
Repeat Daily Self-Affirmations
One daily habit you can start using right now is self-affirmation. Self-affirmations are an excellent way to identify your strengths and to stop feeling about yourself. In fact, a research study found that individuals who practiced positive thinking after receiving a serious diagnosis of illness were able to process the information and develop positive coping strategies. Even if you’re not going through a serious illness, the results remain.
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 as repeating 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. I certainly have a self-love workbook you can download for free when you subscribe to my freebie resource library. It’s dedicated to improving your wellbeing, self-care, and personal growth.
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 to radiate it.
Improve Your Lifestyle
Living well isn’t limited to engaging in exciting activities or making lots of money. 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!
Foods like these can also lead you to be addicted to food or overeating. Don’t let your negative mood and eating sugary food go together. Food addiction can become a serious illness, but there are ways to break away from it.
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.
Another activity I would recommend to stop feeling negative about yourself is using a journal. Journaling is a way to express your thoughts and attitude about certain subjects that occurs in your life. Journaling is great to write down your daily affirmations, your views about yourself and how you can improve how you see yourself, and even a mini vision board that portrays who you truly are.
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 the right people in your life (even family members) who admire your strengths and acknowledge how great you do create 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.
Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” – 1 Corinthians 15:33
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 negate your character. After you’ve established a firm hold on how you view yourself, it will be easy to attract similar groups of 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 show the world. It’s only right that we the beauty and greatness within ourselves.
By applying these helpful tips by forms of habit, you’ll be well on your way to improving how you see yourself and living a purpose-filled life in your 20s. You’ll stop feeling negative about yourself and start empowering yourself.
There you go! How do you improve your feelings about yourself?
Until Next Time,