Practice Self-Acceptance as You Overcome Depression

Learning to truly accept ourselves helps us improve the quality of our lives.

When I look back at any battle that I had with depression, one of my first questions was “What is wrong with me?”

It was easy to start questioning my worth and value as a person.

Sometimes we’ll look for validation from what we do, or from other people’s approval or treatment of us.

When we accept ourselves unconditionally, we can begin the process of positive life change.

In today’s blog post, I’d like to encourage you four benefits you can experience when you start to accept yourself unconditionally.

Always remember that your life, dreams, and goals are valuable and worthwhile.

You will Realize that You Have Strengths that You Can Be Proud Of

Take a few moments to list down some of your personal strengths, positive characteristics, skills, and accomplishments that you are proud of.

I have a document on my computer called “Top 15 Achievements.” It was one that I created a few years ago, at the advice of a personal life coach.

This morning, before I began to write this blog post, I thought about all the things in my past that I failed to do, things that I regretted saying or doing, and whether I would be adequate to handle many of my responsibilities.

I’m glad that I created this document. It’s a great reminder to me that I do have strengths, positive characteristics, and accomplishments that I can be proud of.

I encourage you to create this type of document for yourself, and then to refer to it often.  When we battle with depression, I think we often tend to forget that we even have positive attributes and accomplishments that we can be thankful for.

You Can Acknowledge Your Weaknesses and Do Something About Them

As I had mentioned in previous post, I think it was Dr. Phil McGraw who said “We can’t change what we don’t acknowledge.”

If you struggle with depression, low self-esteem, discouragement, or any other emotional battle, you may not want to face it or acknowledge it.

If you know anyone close to you who struggles with any type of emotional challenge, you can clearly see how their lives are turning out when they don’t acknowledge any issues they have.

They may turn to some of addiction, whether it would be alcohol or drugs to medicate or forget about the life issues they face.

To move forward in life, many of us need to accept that we have weaknesses, flaws, and emotional struggles that we need to face.

When we truly accept ourselves, admit to our challenges or weaknesses, and then get some type of help and take action, positive life change can occur.

As much as I can hopefully teach or inspire you with this blog, I recognize that I also have much to learn in this area.  I’m learning to practice self-acceptance in my own life, build upon my personal strengths, and work on my weaknesses and emotional challenges.

My hope is that I’m encouraging you to do the same.  That way, you’ll be able to experience a higher quality of life.

You will Become More Resilient When You Fall Short of Your Expectations

I have lived life as a bit of a perfectionist.  I’ve always wanted “all the answers” before I would proceed with a new goal.

Any time I would “fail” or fall short of my expectations, I would tend to beat myself up over “not being good enough.”

Have you ever done the same type of thing?

I’m sure that you can relate to this.  Anytime we don’t meet or exceed the overly inflated expectations we have of ourselves, we may tend to tell ourselves: “Why can’t I do this?  What’s wrong with me?   This isn’t working out.  Why bother trying?”

When we feel depressed, we tend to focus on the wrong things.

Instead of telling yourself “I’m no good at this.  Who am I to think I can do this?”, take a deep breath, realize that you are a perfectly valuable and worthwhile person no matter what, and give it another try.

I like a quote I once read – “Try and fail, but do not fail to try.”

When you fall short of your own expectations, accept that things in life aren’t perfect, learn from the experience, and use what you have learned as a motivational tool to try again.  Building a better life for yourself takes learning, personal effort, and a few setbacks along the way.

When you truly accept yourself, you’ll begin to bounce back from the inevitable setbacks and delays you encounter.

You will be Able to Accept Others as They Are

As we begin to accept and love ourselves as we are, we can accept and love others better.

I believe that self-acceptance is the starting point for accepting others as they are.

For instance, if you don’t accept yourself as you are (with your strengths and weaknesses), how will you ever accept others as they are.

I think it’s difficult for us to like, love, and respect others if we struggle with our own sense of self-acceptance and self-respect.

We all have strengths, positive characteristics, accomplishments, and skills, along with weaknesses, flaws, and personal challenges.

You have no control over other’s ideas, opinions, actions, or beliefs.  All you can do is work on yourself and become the best person you can be.

My hope is that this blog post has encouraged you to accept and approve of yourself.

I like the quote in the image below from B.C. Forbes, which says “Real riches are the riches possessed inside.”

Until my next post, have a great day.

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