Ways to appreciate yourself

When someone does something great, it’s nice to throw a little appreciation their way. But how often do we treat ourselves with the same kind of gratitude? Learning to appreciate yourself can help build self-confidence, makes you feel better, and helps you emanate positive vibes all over the place.  It’s not always easy to treat yourself with the same love you might for a friend, so here are a few ideas to get you started.

Take some time out

Setting aside time to do something you really enjoy can help lift your mood. Take a bath, get stuck into some video games or finally finish that book you’ve been reading. 

If you’ve got a busy schedule, a small fifteen minute break here and there is worth it. Spend that time listening to a few of your favourite songs, make a cup of tea and zone out for a bit, or pass the time by watching the endless supply of fail videos the internet has to offer. 

Be positive! 

It’s so easy to get caught up in every little thing we’d like to change about ourselves. But it’s not always the most productive way to spend your energy. Instead, take a break from thinking about what you want to change, and instead actively think about what you love about yourself. It may be hard a first, but it’s an important and rewarding ability to have. 

To really pump up the positive vibes, write down your favourite achievements or traits on post-it notes and stick them on your mirror and make sure your read them while you’re getting ready. That way you can start every morning with a smile. 

Log out for a bit

It might sound impossible, but bear with us for a moment! Staying connected is a great way of keeping in touch with friends, family, and on what’s happening around the world. But it’s important to keep in mind that social media is just a snapshot of a person’s life. And often those snapshots can be heavily filtered. So instead of paying too much attention to your Instagram or Facebook feed, disconnect every so often and pay attention to the great things about yourself. 

Go on a date with yourself

It’s really hard to have a bad date if that date is with yourself! You can avoid surprises, awkward dinner chat and there are no arguments about who’s going to pay the bill! If you’re not keen on having an entire dinner by yourself, grab some ice-cream or a coffee and just enjoy your own company without the added pressure of an actual date. 

Keep a diary

Writing things down is a great way of keeping motivated and visualising your progress. Keep track of the personal goals you’ve been meeting in a diary, and make sure to update it regularly.  

Be sure to include both the big and small goals, as well. This will help you acknowledge all your achievements and give yourself permission to feel good about them. 

Last reviewed: 10 February, 2015
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