“This is a call to arms. A call to be gentle, to be forgiving, to be generous with yourself. The next time you look into the mirror, try to let go of the story line that says you’re too fat or too shallow, too ashy or too old, your eyes are too small or your nose too big; just look into the mirror and see your face. When the criticism drops away, what you will see then is just you, without judgment, and that is the first step toward transforming your experience of the world.”
I think this really gives a great picture of what the process of practicing self-acceptance and self-love looks like. In the article 5 Reasons Why Being Different Can Affect Your Self-Esteem, the author identifies 5 ways that being different impacts self-esteem. I think it is more accurate to say way that our perception of being different affects our self-esteem. Often times what we “think” other people are thinking about us and what they are actually thinking are two different things.
I encourage you to read the article to identify the different ways that your self-esteem may be impacted. Increasing your awareness about this can help you start the process of figuring out how to make the changes you desire to see.
Practice being forgiving, practice being gentle, & practice being kind to yourself.