This might come across as sort of cheesy, but seriously, I don’t care if it takes you all day, I want you to look at yourself in the mirror and find something that you like about yourself. It can literally be anything; your eyes, your feet, your hips, anything! I want you to look at yourself and see the beauty that everyone else can see in you. I find that a lot of the time, we are a lot more critical of ourselves than other people are. We are our own worst enemy, our own toughest critic. So take a moment to appreciate your own beauty.
Another thing to consider is that you deserve to surround yourself with people who make you feel better. If anyone makes you feel bad about yourself or your body, then they do not deserve to be a part of your life. In fact, if someone feels the need to bring you down and comment on your body, there is a good chance that they are just jealous. The sad fact of the matter is that everyone has body image issues. Everyone is self conscious about something. Some people are just really terrible at dealing with their insecurities. But that doesn’t give them the right to make you feel bad about yourself. Do yourself a favor and move on from the people who bring you down; you deserve better.
The last thing I want you to do is stop comparing yourself to others. You can never be anyone other than yourself, and you don’t need to be. Who you are is exactly who you should be. If you stop comparing yourself to others, you may find that you are happier with yourself and all that you have achieved. You are the only person you should compare yourself to. You can compare your current self to your past self in order to see how far you have come. You can appreciate your personal growth and achievements.
What I want you to understand is that you do not need to change who you are or what you look like to make people like you or to fit in better. There will always be people who will judge you for the things that your not, but you need to remember that it is impossible to be perfect because perfection does not exist.
The greatest gift you can ever give yourself is the gift of self-love. If you accept yourself for who you are and embrace your strengths and weaknesses, you will be happier. Just be who you are, I promise it will be enough.