Yesterday we talked about self-acceptance and self-love. Recently, the website happify.com listed 5 tips for maintaining a healthy relationship with who you are:
1. Practice being grateful for your body. I've written about this several times, too. Rather than complain about our bodies not being perfect, why not thank them for all they have done and continue to do for us? Think of all the things we're able to do with the various parts of our body—and give thanks for that. It's a pretty amazing list when you think about it.
2. Be kind to yourself. Care for your body with rest, exercise, good food, good healthcare and practices such as massages, yoga and other things that contribute to wellness.
3. Let go of your inner perfectionist. That's one I needed to hear. I am a recovering perfectionist but still see more of those tendencies in myself than I'd like. It's so exhausting and really not helpful.
4. Let go of judgment. Oh, yes! The truth is that when we're judging ourselves and being hard on ourselves, we're more likely to be critical of others as well. Compassion and self-compassion with our flaws or perceived flaws is a better way to go.
5. Begin to notice your internal critic. We can actually change the tape running in our heads from our inner critic. Change those negative statements about yourself and others to positive ones. You'll be so much happier.