5 Ways to Embrace your Flaws and Love Yourself

"Flawsome": (adj.) An individual who embraces their "flaws" and knows they're awesome regardless. (themindjournal.com)

Here are 5 ways to embrace your flaws, love yourself for who you are and become "flawsome". 

I didn't create the term "flawsome" but as soon as I heard it, I knew it was fitting for myself and want to pass that inspiration on to other women who might feel the same way. 

There isn't a single person in this world who is perfect in every way. Perfection is an impossible ideal, but unfortunately it is easy to see other people who appear "perfect", compare yourself to them and then feel bad about yourself because you're flawed. 

The truth is that we are all flawed in some way, and awesome regardless of them. I've found that the key is truly believing that for yourself. How do you do that? Here are a few tips that have helped me:

1. Read an uplifting book - Carve out 15-20 minutes to read a book that inspires you. Once I started doing this, my mood and outlook changed dramatically. I started to believe in myself more, accept that I am not and never will be perfect, and generally just felt happier. 

2. Stop comparing yourself to others - this is huge. It's so easy to scroll social media and look at someone and play the comparison game.

Why do they have ripped abs and I don't? How can they look like that? I should look just as perfect as they do. How can I become as good as them? 

These are all things that have run through my mind in the past, but the truth is that I know nothing about these people I'm comparing myself to, and why does it even matter? My happiness and self-worth has nothing to do with how someone else looks or acts - it's about me being happy with myself, regardless of my flaws.

3. Focus on the inside, not the outside - Happiness is an inside job. As much as we are led to believe that having the perfect looking body, or the perfect life will make us happy, what really matters is what is going on inside of us. We could have the most sought-after body, but still feel like an unhappy mess inside. We could also have a body that isn't "perfect", and feel completely happy and grateful for our lives. Focus on being a true, genuine person, and start each day by taking a moment to be grateful for all of the wonderful things in your life. 

4. Surround yourself with people who lift you up -  I think we all have people in our lives who we love to be around because they make us feel good, and those who always seem to make us feel bad about ourselves in one way or another. The more your chose to be around the supportive and caring people in your life, the more confident and empowered you will start to feel about yourself. Start to slowing phase out the negative people in your life, and focus on those who make you feel good! 

5. End your day by celebrating what you love about yourself - for every thing about yourself you are self-conscious about, think of one thing that you are proud of. For example, I have always been self-conscious of how unshapely my legs look in shorts. But instead of focusing on that, I'm going to be proud of the new pair of shorts I got for the summer and wear them with confidence. Write it down in a journal at night and read it in the morning again when you wake up. These simple positive affirmations go a long way in training your brain to think positively.

I hope these 5 ideas are helpful and inspiring to you! If you enjoyed reading this post and want more related content, click the link to subscribe below and also receive a free Clean Eating Basics checklist. 

Pam

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