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The Most Influential Person in My Life

Who is the most influential person in your life? Your parents? Your significant other? A leader in the community?

Actually, the most influential person in your life is you! How you think and speak towards yourself shapes your life more than anyone else ever could. So are you a good influence or a bad influence on yourself?

One of the things I've become especially passionate about lately is self care and self love. Many of us have this mentality that placing a high value on ourselves is conceited or vain. Maybe it's because of how we were raised or because of what we see in the media.

Whatever the source is, this mindset can be so unhealthy mentally, emotionally, and physically. Yes, we all have things about ourselves we'd like to improve. Our love handles, our personalities, our complexion, you name it. That desire for change becomes unhealthy when we look in the mirror and see only those flaws. When we can't take a compliment from a friend or a stranger. When we can't truly believe that we are AMAZING.

So how do we change that? How do we gain a healthy view of ourselves? It takes a lot of intentionality. Here are some things I've been working on over the past couple years:

Take time for yourself
Most of us lead such busy lives that this can be incredibly hard to do. However, even waking up 20 minutes earlier than normal to enjoy your breakfast or spend some time in meditation will make a big difference in your day. Intentionally taking time out of your day for some "me time" will remind yourself that you are important.

Say thank you
When was the last time you received a compliment and brushed it off, listing all your flaws that you could think of? Accepting a compliment with a simple thank you not only begins to change how we see ourselves, but it also accepts the giver of the compliment!

See the good
When we look in the mirror, it's easy to only see the flaws or what we wish was different about us. The fact is, each of us has many aspects of our body or personality that we actually like. Let's focus on those and realize that those little flaws make us unique.

Be a model
No, not a magazine or red carpet model. This kind of model is one that treats every aspect of themselves how they want their daughters, sons, and friends to treat themselves. People around us, especially children and teens, are imitators. When we model a healthy mentality of self care and self love, they will adopt a similar mentality. It's the best kind of contagious!

Each of us have been created with an amazing body. Crack open any Biology or Anatomy textbook if you don't believe me! When we place value on that, we can lead much healthier lives - not only physically but emotionally, mentally, and spiritually as well.

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