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10 Ways to Feel Better About Yourself

Watch your thoughts

Learn to recognize negative thoughts. Stay open to other ideas that will help you move in a positive direction. 

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10 Ways to Feel Better About Yourself

10 Ways to Feel Better About Yourself

https://www.psychologytoday.com/intl/blog/emotional-fitness/201103/10-ways-feel-better-about-yourself

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Stay the course

Don't let life's changes throw you off track.

Keep going. You can gain more clarity this way.

Trust yourself

You are probably smart enough to figure out what you need to do.

Believe in your inner resources.

Be friends with life

It would do us good the remember that the world is not out to get us.

To gain perspective, focus on other opportunities or in another direction.

Watch your thoughts

Learn to recognize negative thoughts. Stay open to other ideas that will help you move in a positive direction. 

Direct your strengths

Learn to recognize your strengths and believe that you can use them to deal with anything. 

Learn to love yourself

Your life is not set. Create a strategy, gather some new tools, and make yourself into the person you want to be. 

A good way to start is to stop doing things that hurt you.

Don't desire too much

Wanting something that is beyond your means is unattainable and can become too painful. 

Seek your desire, but keep your integrity.

Don't get insulted

You will always get critical comments, but consider the source, and if it's the other person's issue, ignore it. 

Learn to respond instead of reacting, and don't show your displeasure.

Disappointment is part of life

Even the most successful people have to deal with failure, but they've learned how to use it to their advantage. 

The trick is to deal with your feelings, then take some kind of action.

Deal with your fears

Overcoming fear makes you stronger.

It helps to understand and admit your fears. Then put them aside.

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Figure out your needs

People tend to feel badly about themselves when they feel powerless to get their needs met. 

Clarify for yourself what you need and don't expect others to fulfill your every want. 

Live authentically

Standing up for yourself and living a life that is authentically yours generates positive self-views.

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Forgive yourself

Almost everyone has said something hurtful, forgotten an important event, or betrayed someone they love.

We have to remember that our mistakes do not define us. If we learn and grow from them, then they make us better people. Forgive yourself, and give yourself credit for trying not to make the same mistakes again.

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Spend Time Outdoors

Spending time outside of your apartment can lift your mood. 

If you are unable to get outside, add greenery to your space, for some plant therapy.

Volunteer

People who volunteer are likely to have higher self-esteem, psychological well-being, and happiness.

Help someone else out who really needs it.

Eat Healthier

Regularly eating foods that are filled with nutrients can help you feel more positive and energetic. You will feel better mentally too.

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