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Accepting your body and loving yourself more each day: some great tips by KARL HARDY

Self-confidence: it’s such an important thing!

But one I’ve learned anything in the last few years is that building self-confidence can be a long and difficult process. Learning to love yourself takes a lot of time. It also takes kindness. 

I guarantee you can do it—but first you have to accept that things will never be perfect. Some days, you may be on top of your game and really love your body. On other, you may feel the complete opposite. And that’s fine, because nobody’s perfect.

Here are a few tips on how to love yourself better and accept your body a little more every day:

1. Go easy on yourself

We can tend to be more forgiving of others than ourselves. Be kind to yourself. Your body will keep changing over your lifetime, and that’s perfectly fine. You have only one body, and you’ll be sharing your whole life with it. Give that body the respect it deserves and accept it as it is.

2. Don’t compare yourself to others.

Easier said than done, I know! In a world where we’re constantly bombarded by impossible standards of beauty, it’s hard not to compare yourself to others. To accept your body and love yourself, remember that your uniqueness is your greatest strength. There’s no one like you, and that’s seriously amazing.

3. Follow people who inspire you.

Regularly cleansing the list of people I follow on social media has been a huge boost for my confidence. There’s no point in following the day-to-day lives of people who make you feel bad. You’re in control of your phone and your Instagram account. You can choose to follow people who inspire you to love yourself more. Diversifying your news feed is a good thing.

4. Compliment yourself daily.

It’s so simple and easy, but it’s something we neglect. Maybe you don’t love every part of your body. Maybe some parts of it bother you. But there must be some parts you like. Take a moment each day to remind yourself of those good points. 

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