Because sometimes, it feels good to be reminded!

{Sidenote!} Despite all the Likes on your Facebook or Instagram accounts, despite all of the envious looks you come across, despite the number of times you’re told that “you’re so beautiful” by your lover, your mother, your grandmother or your father. One thing we all have in common is the need to feel appreciated by the people in our lives. There’s something inside all of us that chips away at our self-esteem. The fact is, it’s easy to tell someone: “accept yourself as you are, don’t let the derogatory comments of others affect you.” Well, that’s easier said than done!

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So you don’t forget…

1. Everyone has a spare tire, love handles, or whatever else you might call them, so stop making such a big deal of it. If you want to accentuate them: bend over; if you want to make them disappear: lie down and raise your arms up high and say “Eureka!”

2. Accept compliments humbly and ignore deragatory comments.

3. We all have imperfections, we just need to learn how to make them work for us (rather than against us).

4. Remember that every stretch mark, scar or other “mark” on your body is part of your history. A lot of women would love to have stretch marks… marks that are testimony of the new life we brought into this world.

5. Self-esteem can be built up one step at a time. There are a number of exercises that you can do; ask a counselor for help if you’re having trouble finding something that works for you. Some people are born with an over-inflated sense of self-esteem while others spend a lifetime trying to acquire it. Be resourceful, find whatever you need to help build your self-esteem. It can be done… and that applies to everyone.

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6.  Learn how to be happy living on your own before seeking a significant other. The experiences you’ll live with that other person will change the way you see things but they won’t change the person you are.

7. Don’t set your self-expectations too high. We all encounter setbacks from time to time. It’s perfectly normal not to love every square inch of your body. It’s perfectly normal to have imperfections.

8. The grass is never greener on the other side. That neighbour with the seemingly perfect life has troubles to deal with, just like we all do. Perhaps she thinks you have a perfect life.

9. Your well-being needs to be your top priority. Don’t always put somebody else’s needs before your own. Respect yourself; set limits.

10. Remember: you are beautiful, you are a good person, and you are a capable individual.

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