7 signs you’re learning to love yourself, flaws and all

I’ve always felt that the journey to self-love is a tricky one. It’s not as simple as flipping a switch and suddenly embracing every part of yourself, especially those pesky flaws.

Now, don’t get me wrong.

Learning to love yourself, every single bit of you, is no easy task. It’s a process. It’s a journey.

And guess what?

There are signs along this journey that indicate you’re on the right path – that you’re learning to love yourself, flaws and all.

But here’s the kicker.

Sometimes, these signs aren’t what you’d expect. They don’t always feel like monumental victories or life-changing revelations.

In fact, they may feel quite the opposite. They could be subtle shifts in your mindset or small changes in your daily routine.

In this article, we’ll explore 7 signs that you’re learning to love yourself, every little flaw included. 

Trust me; it’s going to be an enlightening ride.

1) Embracing imperfections

So, let’s kickstart this journey.

The first sign that you’re learning to love yourself, flaws and all, is a simple yet profound one: You’re embracing your imperfections.

Now, I’m not talking about just accepting them. No, I’m talking about fully embracing them as part of who you are.

Let me explain.

We all have flaws – those little quirks and idiosyncrasies that make us uniquely us. They could be physical traits, personality traits, or even certain habits.

But here’s the thing.

If you find yourself acknowledging these flaws, not just in passing but truly accepting them as part of your identity – that’s a clear sign of self-love.

Why? Because it means you’re no longer fighting against these aspects of yourself. You’re not trying to hide them or change them.

Instead, you’re embracing them wholeheartedly. You’re realizing that these flaws don’t detract from your worth; they add to it.

And that, my friend, is a beautiful step towards self-love.

2) Saying no without guilt

This one is close to my heart because, for a long time, I struggled with it. It’s about learning to say ‘no’ without feeling guilty.

Let me share a bit of my story.

For years, I was a ‘yes’ person. Whether it was taking on extra work, agreeing to plans I wasn’t keen on, or simply doing things because others expected me to – I always said yes.

Why did I do this?

Simple. I was scared. Scared of disappointing people, scared of conflict, scared of not being liked.

But here’s the breakthrough.

One day, I realized that by constantly saying yes, I was saying no to myself. I was neglecting my needs and wants. And that wasn’t fair to me. So, I decided to change.

I started saying no when something didn’t align with my values or when it didn’t feel right. And yes, at first, it felt uncomfortable. There were moments of guilt and unease.

But slowly, it got easier.

Now, if you’re finding yourself able to say no without feeling guilty – congratulations! That’s a sign that you’re learning to prioritize yourself, which is a crucial step in self-love.

And trust me, it’s an empowering feeling.

3) Celebrating small victories

This next point is something I’ve learned to appreciate over the years – celebrating small victories.

Let me take you back a few years.

I used to be quite hard on myself. I was my own worst critic, always seeking perfection and disregarding any accomplishment that didn’t meet my unrealistically high standards.

One day, a friend pointed out this toxic habit. She told me, “You’re always so focused on the big wins, that you’re forgetting to celebrate the small ones.”

That hit me hard.

I realized that in my quest for perfection, I was missing out on appreciating smaller achievements. Those tiny steps that, when added up, actually make up the journey to the bigger goals.

So, I made a conscious effort to change.

Nowadays, whether it’s managing to drink enough water in a day, getting a full night’s sleep, or even just taking some time off for self-care – I celebrate it all.

And guess what?

This shift in perspective has not only boosted my self-esteem but also made my journey of self-love more enjoyable and fulfilling.

So, if you find yourself acknowledging and celebrating small victories, it’s a sign that you’re learning to appreciate your efforts and progress. 

4) Letting go of comparison

In a world fueled by social media, it’s easy to fall into the trap of comparing ourselves to others. We see their highlight reels and start feeling inadequate about our own lives.

But here’s the thing.

When you start loving yourself, you begin to realize that your journey is unique. It’s not supposed to look like anyone else’s.

You understand that everyone has their own pace, their own path, and their own set of challenges. And that’s okay.

It doesn’t make you any less than them. It makes you, well, you.

So, if you’re finding yourself less concerned with how your life stacks up against others and more focused on your own growth and happiness – that’s a clear sign you’re learning to love yourself.

Remember, comparison is the thief of joy. Don’t let it steal your self-love journey.

5) Practicing self-care

Now, onto something that’s often misunderstood – self-care.

Many people think self-care is all about bubble baths, spa days, and indulging in expensive treats. But it’s so much more than that.

Self-care is about taking care of your physical, emotional, and mental well-being. It’s about nourishing your body with healthy food, getting regular exercise, ensuring you get enough sleep, and taking time to relax and unwind.

Interestingly, the World Health Organization recognizes self-care as a vital part of overall health. They even have guidelines and strategies centered around it.

But how does this relate to self-love?

Well, when you start prioritizing self-care, it shows that you value yourself enough to take care of your needs. It’s a form of respect and love towards yourself.

So, if you find yourself investing time and energy into activities that nourish your body and mind – that’s a sign you’re learning to love yourself.

Remember, self-care isn’t selfish. It’s necessary.

6) Acknowledging your feelings

A few years back, I went through a rough phase. I felt lost, confused, and overwhelmed by my emotions.

Instead of dealing with these feelings, I tried to suppress them. I put on a brave face and pretended everything was fine. But deep down, I was hurting.

It took me a while, but eventually, I realized that it’s okay not to be okay. It’s okay to feel sad, angry, frustrated, or any other emotion.

What’s not okay is ignoring these feelings or pretending they don’t exist.

When you acknowledge your feelings, you’re accepting yourself as you are in that moment. You’re saying, “Yes, this is how I feel right now, and that’s okay.”

And that acceptance is a form of self-love.

So, if you’re allowing yourself to feel your emotions without judgment – that’s a sign you’re learning to love yourself, flaws and all.

Remember, it’s okay to feel. Your feelings are valid.

7) Accepting change

Finally, one of the most crucial signs you’re learning to love yourself is accepting change.

Change is a constant part of life. We grow, we evolve, and we change – and so do our flaws.

Now, accepting change doesn’t mean you have to love every aspect of it. It means understanding that change is inevitable and that it’s okay.

When you accept change, you’re loving yourself through all stages of your life. You’re embracing yourself as you are now, and as you will be in the future.

So, if you’re open to change and not resistant to it – that’s a sign you’re learning to love yourself.

Remember, change is a part of growth. And growth is a part of self-love.

Embracing the journey

And there you have it – signs that you’re learning to love yourself, flaws and all.

Recognize any of them? If you do, give yourself a pat on the back. You’re on the right path.

But remember, self-love isn’t a destination. It’s a journey – a continuous process of growth and self-discovery.

So, don’t beat yourself up if you’re not ticking off all these signs. Instead, view them as guideposts, helping you navigate your self-love journey.

And the most important thing to remember?

You’re enough as you are right now. Yes, even with your flaws. Especially with your flaws.

Because it’s these little quirks and idiosyncrasies that make you uniquely you. And that’s something worth celebrating.

So, keep going. Keep growing. Keep learning to love yourself, flaws and all.

And remember – this journey is yours and yours alone. So take it at your own pace and in your own time.

After all, as Oscar Wilde once said, “To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.”

So here’s to the start of your lifelong romance with yourself.

Embrace it. Cherish it. Celebrate it.

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