Self respect does not make you conceited or self centered. It is about having a deep sense of self worth and self love to show that you are worthy of receiving love and in turn, giving love.
External factors will not give you the self respect that you crave, it is just and all about you.
Most teens, young adults and even adults alike, struggle with their self worth and self respect and that is the main reason why most people accept just anything done to them, whether good or bad. The fact still remains that everyone deserves to love himself or herself and likewise accord unto others, the respect they deserve.
How do you respect yourself?
1. Figure out what you respect about yourself
If you are integrity inclined, respect yourself for it. Learn to love yourself for who you are and enjoy it, and not try to beat yourself over your flaws. Just know you can always be better; there’s always room for improvement.
2. Be honest about who you are and who you are not
Stop deceiving yourself. Accept who you are and don’t try being what you are not, it is just you. Let others know who you are and what you want. Likewise, do not disrespect your talents and interests. Leading with honesty is not only less work but more enjoyable. If you also notice any weakness, try to work on it and not wave it off, telling yourself that it’s nothing.
3. Do not let other people define your boundaries.
Many people have good intentions but their advice is often clouded by their emotional baggage. So when someone tells you, “you’ll never be able to do that” or ” you cannot do that”, ignore them until you have figured out for yourself what is true.
4. Learn to say NO
This might be one of the most difficult thing to say because most times, you do not want to be referred to as a bad person, but letting others know what isn’t okay doesn’t make you a bad person. It makes you stronger and makes others respect you for it.
5. Write love notes to your body
Love yourself. Treat yourself the way you want others to treat you. Instead of making self depreciation your morning ritual, look at yourself daily in the mirror and list out things you love about yourself. Tell yourself often. The greatest thing you can do for yourself is to love yourself more than anyone can love you.
6. Apologize with self respect
Most times, saying “I’m sorry” isn’t always easy. So if you’re going to apologize at all, make it count. Do not let excuses be a part of you. Apologize to others with self respect.
Respecting yourself goes a long way in boosting your self-esteem and how you present yourself to others.
I hope this encourages you to embrace yourself and all that you are, and work towards becoming a better version of you.
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