Look into the mirror and what self-image do you see?
How do you feel when you see it? Do you feel as though you’re that confident person that can conquer all that comes your way?
Or do you feel as though the person staring back has every flaw magnified and wishing you looked different or have something you don’t currently possess?
What you see is exactly how you feel within.
Self-image defined as “the idea one has of one’s abilities, appearance, and personality.” Oxford Dictionary
I know I’m not the only one that feels this way. Even though it feels as if we are the only one in the world that has something wrong image-wise.
So how can we return to accepting who we are and working with what we have?
How To Raise Your Self-Image
Ever since I can remember, I didn’t like looking in the mirror.
The person I saw was completely flawed and dreamed that one day she can be perfect.
Years would go by and I still couldn’t fathom the person looking back at me.
Until I heard the saying
To show love to others, you need to love yourself first.
It hit me like a ton of bricks and I had to swallow my pride and look myself in that mirror.
And I decided from that day forward I was going to make better attempts to be kind to myself.
I’m not going to lie, I still struggle with picking at my flaws, but I do try my best to implement kindness towards myself.
If you’re struggling with self-image, I want to challenge you to flip the switch.
Below I have the practices I used to turn feeling worthless to self-love.
Self-Acceptance of Self-Image
The first thing to anything is self-acceptance.
For me, it wasn’t easy. I had to put aside the differences between myself and acknowledge who I am.
Recognize that you are someone too. Get acquainted with the person you spend the most time with, which is you.
Write It Out
Once you’ve moved aside all judgments of yourself, start finding the positive within.
I had to think deeply as to what I like about myself and even more tell myself that I love myself. And then I put it on paper.
Make a list of the qualities you like about yourself and most importantly tell yourself “I love myself”.
Please note that telling yourself you love yourself is not a narcissistic thing. You are just recognizing your self-worth and that is OKAY.
Instantly Flip It
Here is the part that is going to take dedication, time and practice if you’ve followed the above 2 steps.
When you find yourself speaking negatively about yourself, flip the switch by changing it into a positive.
When I tell myself “I’m so stupid”, I instantly switch it to say “I’m smart”.
By simply switching the negative to a positive thought, you will build a habit to speak more positively about yourself.
Bonus – Affirmations for A Positive Self-Image
You’ve might have already seen that I’m a believer in affirmations.
I have listed tons of Affirmations you can use for positive self-growth and how to use them.
Personally, affirmations helped me so much when it came to rebuilding my self-image.
These are the 3 affirmations I use daily that you can easily use for yourself too:
I Love Myself
Affirmations are a great way to implement self-love and so much more. Use them today to build up your self-image and see how much they can help you!
Feeling down and out about our self-image happens but we don’t need to allow it to suppress us from who we are.
By following these practices you will be able to build the habit of creating a positive self-image.
Start loving yourself today. You deserve it!
Which practice are you going to start doing to boost your self-image? Let me know in the comments below!
Book Recommendation: ‘You Are A Badass: How to Stop Doubting your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life’ by Jen Sincero