It’s pretty safe to say that most of us are all pretty hard on ourselves. We set up high expectations that we expect ourselves to meet, and also tend to compare ourselves to others and society’s definition of what we should be/look like/etc. All in all, there are a LOT of ways we’re being told we should be perfect. Whether it’s how we look, act, what we do for our careers, who we date…the list really could go on and on. But with so many people and things telling us to be perfect we lose sight of the fact that perfect doesn’t even exist. You should be OK with not being perfect…really!
We get it, it’s so much easier said than done when it comes to accepting yourself. But learning to love yourself holds so much more power than many of us realize. Probably because most of us are chasing that perfection. The truth of the matter is there really truly isn’t anything that’s perfect, but we can learn to accept ourselves in a way that helps us feel better about the skin we’re in and honestly…you’ll be so much happier when you learn to do it! If you’re like so many people in the world, you tend to stress yourself out when it comes to trying to be perfect all the time. Let’s face it, it’s EXHAUSTING! Putting so much pressure can truly cause major stress in your life. In addition, many experts have found putting this extreme pressure on yourself can start to affect your health in a negative way as well. Well it does make sense because stress has DEFINITELY been known to take a toll on your health.
However, it’s not just your physical health that’s negatively affected in this type of pressure it’s also emotional health. So many health and wellness experts have begun to understand and treat emotional health as important as physical health, and have discovered that there’s a huge relationship between the two. If you’ve been putting major pressure on yourself you know you probably struggle with higher stress levels and tend to struggle with your health. Don’t you think it’s time to take care of YOU? And appreciate YOU? We think so!
If you’re not even sure where to start with learning how to be OK with not being perfect, we suggest starting by just celebrating your strengths. It’s SO easy to focus on what we DON’T like about ourselves, and we all tend to forget what our strengths are. But starting there can be a great beginning step. Think of anything and everything you tend to have strength in, even if it seems small any strength is worth celebrating. Start appreciating these things about yourself, and actually tell yourself that you’re strong in those areas. Once you get into the habit of doing that, start to think of ways you can become even stronger in those areas of your life. It will be a wonderful spiral effect!
What have you done to learn to be OK with not being perfect?