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How To Love Yourself – part 2

Two days ago I wrote a post full of tips on how to love yourself and build your self-confidence. As promised, today I am writing part two! If you are new to the blog, check out the original post How To Love Yourself.

Much like the original post, in this post I want to share with you different tips to build your self confidence and focus on your good qualities, rather than your bad. So let’s begin!

This is something I try to do regularly, and by surprise yourself, I don’t mean treat yourself (something else I do regularly!). Try things out of your control, and say yes to things you would not normally say yes to. This is a great technique to build confidence and will also help you better understand yourself. You may find out that you enjoy things you never realized or tried before. Try and get out of your comfort zone and see what happens (it will most likely be positive!).

Let’s face it, we all need a break every now and then. We can be hard on ourselves, it’s natural, but taking a break from time to time is a great way to relax and recharge. This can be anything from having a cuppa to reading your favourite book. But whilst we are on the topic of taking breaks, I want to once again remind you of the benefits of taking a phone/social media break! It’s the twenty first century, and let’s face it, everyone has a smart phone! But did you know that turning it off for at least 30 minutes a day can have a major positive impact on your mental health? Here is a few reasons why:
Sleeping: Turning your smart phone off before bed can actually help you sleep. Any form of stimuli right before bed can affect the way that you are sleeping through the night, and unplugging can relieve you of any temptation to connect before bed.
Reduced Stress: Turning off your smart phone can also reduce stress. This is because you don’t have to deal with a constant flow of information being sent to your device.
Staying focused: Stepping away from your smart phone and taking a small break from social media can help you stay focused on your goals. It helps focus your mind on the more important things, instead of thinking about people’s comments and who viewed your last Instagram story.
Reconnect: Taking a phone/social media break is the perfect time to reconnect with yourself and others.
Taking breaks from social media and smart phones can be one of the healthiest boundaries you set for yourself, and is an extremely beneficent form of self-care. You don’t have to disconnect for long, just thirty minutes a day has been proven helpful!

I am a big social media person, and I probably use all of them. But it also makes me feel pretty rough from time to time. How many times have you gone onto something like instagram, scrolled through the photos and come across a beautiful model – perfect hair, skin and body? I don’t know about you, but that often makes me feel pretty low about myself! It’s natural to put yourself down, especially when browsing social media, but that’s exactly why a break is great form of self love!

If you don’t know, a vision board (or a dream board), is a visualisation tool where you build a collage of words and pictures that represents your goals and dreams. Visualising your goals is a good way to feel motivated and excited about your future. The traditional way to build a vision board is with a cork or poster board, but if you are short with supplies, a notebook, sketchpad or scrapbook are great tools also! Heres how you make one:

  • A base for your board (scrapbook, notebook, cork board, etc.)
  • Pictures
  • Words/cutouts
  • Scissors
  • Glue/pins/cellotape

To start, create a list of goals you would like to achieve in the next year. In order to visualize your goals, first you need to know what they are. Spend some time getting clear on exactly what you want your ideal life to look like, and what you hope to achieve in the next 12 months.

Find pictures that represent your goals. This can be personal photos, or magazine cut-outs. When looking for images, they don’t have to be literal interpretations of your goals, instead focus on how they make you feel. Look for images that represent your goals.

Make a collage out of your photos. Once you have collected enough photos for your vision board, glue, pin, or tape your pictures to the paper or cork board in an arrangement that is visually pleasing to you. Feel free to play around with this step, trying different techniques, and be as creative as you wish.

Add motivational words that represent your goals and how you feel. Again, you can use magazines for this step, or words that you have written/printed off yourself. Once you have all your words, glue, pin or tape them onto your vision board!

And that’s it! Again, a vision board is personal, so play around with it until you are happy with the results! Take some time each day to look at your mood board and appreciate your goals and dreams!

It’s great to try something new that you have wanted to try for a while, or have been too scared to do. Again, this is personal choice, and can be absolutely anything! From personal experience, I like to try different fitness activities, such as climbing, canoeing or anything that requires me to be active and outdoors! I am also a big lover of trying new online courses, such as the meditation course I did a few months ago, or mental health courses also! I don’t necessarily use these new skills, but I definitely have a feeling of satisfaction after completing them!

And thats it for this post! Have you got any other self love tips or techniques? What about something new you wish to try? Let me know!

Thank you for reading!

-Amy

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