Are you currently single and wondering why? Perhaps you have just been passed up for that promotion at work – again! If your life isn’t going the way you had planned, it is time to discover why loving yourself could be the answer you have been searching for.
Confidence is key
Having confidence in yourself and your abilities can also make others believe in you. If you have problems with projecting a confident persona you need to question why that is. Part of loving yourself is acknowledging your talents and skills so think about what you are genuinely good at. Confidence doesn’t have to mean shouting about how great you are all the time, but it does mean accepting that you have great qualities to offer and that people should know about it at the appropriate moments. People that exude confidence (not to be confused with arrogance) tend to realise that there is no need to be insecure. One way to increase your confidence is to enrol on a course of training that has always interested you or in which you would like to become proficient. This can be anything from performing arts, office skills or cookery classes.
Love the way you look
Some people buy clothes for how they want to look instead of how they actually look. For example, buying clothes that are a few sizes too small rather than the figure you have can be detrimental to your wellbeing rather than inspirational. If you truly hate certain things about yourself, ask yourself whether something can be done about it. For example, if you feel you are overweight, join a gym or sign up for some weekly exercise classes and combine this with a healthy, balanced diet. Consult your doctor before embarking on any weight loss plans to ensure there won’t be any repercussions for your health. Perhaps it is your teeth that are making you self-conscious, and if so there are many treatments you can contemplate. When teeth are crooked, discoloured or chipped, it can make a person feel unhappy about their appearance. Book an appointment with a reputable orthodontist to discuss what orthodontics and treatments would be suitable for your needs. It could be something as simple as having clear braces such as Invisalign fitted to straighten your teeth. Invisible braces such as these are also perfect for those who fear they may be self-conscious wearing traditional braces. Treatments including veneers and composite bonding can also improve dental aesthetics quickly and safely.
Take charge of your life!
It can be all too easy to fall into a rut of the same old routine, but small changes such as allocating time to do what you enjoy can be enough to begin a chain of events that lead to a happier you. If you have children, ask friends or relatives to look after them once a month so you can enjoy a full day to yourself being pampered or a well-deserved night out. Book a day off work and while the kids are at school go to the cinema, have lunch date with a friend, or arrange a date doing something fabulous! Acknowledging that you deserve time to yourself encourages self-love and allows you time to recharge and reflect on what you really want and need. Taking control of your life rather than allowing things to just happen can be a confidence boost in itself which will ultimately make you a happier person.
Should you be feeling very unhappy a lot of the time, it is important to seek medical advice from your GP or other health practitioner as you could be suffering from depression or a mood disorder.