Having self-respect is one of the best things you can do for yourself. When you respect yourself, you're not afraid to embrace yourself - flaws and all - and you learn to be kinder to yourself. But having self-respect isn’t something that comes easy, it takes a lot within someone to look in the mirror and respect themselves fully. Heck, I think we are all still trying to practice self-love and admiration. It doesn’t come easy, but there are some daily practices you can implement to fall more in love with yourself.
Here are ways you can practice self-respect:
It's essential to love yourself and respect yourself. Always remember to be patient and easy on yourself. Don't kick yourself too hard when you make mistakes.
Know your worth and don't get taken advantage of:
It's ok to help out and be a team player, but whether you are at work or helping someone out, remember that your time is essential. Also, don't let people take advantage of you in your personal and professional life.
Stand by your beliefs and morals:
If something doesn't feel right to you or you feel pressured into doing something you don't want to do, stand your ground and respectfully decline. This will help you stay true to yourself by respecting your boundaries and values.
Communicate your needs:
If something is bothering you, don't hesitate to vocalize it. Don't stay silent to "keep the peace" out of fear of upsetting someone. If something is bothering you or you need to express something, express your needs.
Be in touch with yourself:
You know what you need physically and mentally to keep motivated and energized. Remember to check in with yourself on what you need and what you want. These could be goals you want to achieve, setting time aside to do what you want or need, etc.
Do things that make you happy and don't feel ashamed of it:
Do the things that make you happy in the world. Embrace activities you love and soak in new experiences. Always appreciate the feeling and feel connected to your environment.
Let go of toxic relationships in your life:
If someone is negative and takes a lot of your energy when they are around, don't be afraid to take a step back and value your relationship. Be around people who only bring positivity to your life.
Connect with nature:
Remember to get fresh air and to move your body with stretching and exercise, no matter how big or small.
The task of showing yourself love and respect takes a lot, it comes with maturity, respect for yourself and your own morals but also indulging in alone time.
You deserve love and respect just like everyone else. So, why not start with loving and respecting yourself?