Learning to be okay with who you are and eventually coming to love that person is anything but easy. Too many people look at self-acceptance as a finite destination, rather than an ongoing process of peaks and valleys.
While there are no shortcuts on the road to self-love, that doesn’t mean there aren’t any guideposts to help you navigate the path. Start your journey by focusing on these foundational elements of self-acceptance—and don’t forget to celebrate your achievements along the way!
Positivity is key.
If you’re just beginning to make steps toward accepting who you are, you need to cultivate an environment of positivity for yourself. Practicing self-love means constantly trying to reorient the way you think about yourself to be encouraging and supportive.
Write down good thoughts and experiences you have. Being positive all the time isn’t realistic, so it’s nice to have something tangible to get you through those difficult days. Celebrate milestones and your growing strength whenever you can! Splurge on a new outfit or show off your contagious confidence in an empowering boudoir shoot.
Create a good support system.
Having a team of loving people and resources is one of the best ways to foster a positive mindset. Whether it’s one or two close friends or an entire online forum for others working towards the same goal, this external foundation will be crucial for helping you move forward.
It can be difficult to distance yourself from toxic relationships and negative people in your life. Time will prove though, that severing those ties leaves you free to accomplish things you never imagined you could! Surround yourself with friends and family who accept and inspire you, to remind yourself you’re not alone in this.
Treat yourself the way you treat others.
Do you think of your friends in terms of their mistakes and imperfections? If you’re a good friend, then you certainly don’t. You look past their flaws and embrace who they are with open arms—do the same for yourself. You’re just as human as they are and it’s okay to understand that and be kind to yourself.
Forgive yourself the way you forgive your loved ones. Let go of guilt and be patient as you learn to change. Holding on to negative feelings about yourself will bring you down the same way it will to hold a grudge.
One of the best ways to let go of a negative self-image is to try something you’ve never done before. That’s why we believe over here at The Pouting Room, that every woman should experience a boudoir shoot at least once in her lifetime. Contact us today to schedule your session and to learn more about how boudoir is an incredible celebration of self-acceptance!