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There are many ways we can overcome our body insecurities.

Have you ever felt misjudged and always seeking outside validation because of the way you look physically? Perhaps it is your stretch marks that bother you or perhaps your big thighs, maybe your breasts are small or your tummy is not the perfect shape. There are days when you will feel good about who you are but the bad days often back you into a corner. There are days when you feel like no part of your body is beautiful or worthy enough to receive absolute adoration. Having body insecurities exist in all of us and at some point in our lives, we all go through that very insecure place with ourselves and what we look like. These insecurities may stem from our culture, societal expectations and perhaps even our childhood upbringing and how we were conditioned to look at ourselves. Often this perception of ourselves is created by those who are closest to us such as our friends and colleagues.

As we grow older, these insecurities spark further criticism by how society defines the narrative of beauty especially for us as women. We are told to look and act a certain way to appease the world and especially to be perceived as more attractive to the opposite gender. Often our weight is a huge topic of discussion, we are told to eat less or in some cases to eat more. People often feel like it is appropriate to tell us what to wear and what is most appropriate, so that we may feel validated and accepted.

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Go beyond asking your kids to just "Say Sorry!"

Sorry and please are often described as 'magic' words simply because of the inherent power they possess to transform situations -- be it placating the recipient, strengthening a bond, or managing relationships. Effective communication emphatically talks about its frequent but genuine use to establish rapport apart from being polite and respectful. In that, 'sorry' holds a special significance for children as they navigate through their growing up years.

We often define these growing-up years as work in progress as children work out cause and effect, and understand that relationship management can be 'tricky' business. During these formative years, children deal with their family, school teachers, or friends and for that matter, even strangers. Perspectives, opinions, and misunderstandings pepper these years as a child matures and embraces social skills. Experience over a period of time is what enables children to regulate their emotions. Dangers of 'damage', a natural consequence of some of these misunderstood situations, can be mitigated if children are encouraged to make amends and move on.

The early years are dominated by the child's need to put himself/herself at the centre of every situation, often not realising that in doing so (this is a developmental milestone and will ease into maturity eventually), they could 'hurt' someone. And their need to resist apologising for their actions could largely be attributed to the fact that they are unable to fathom its severity and impact. For children, they are simply reacting and not intending to 'hurt' someone in a quest to protect themselves. They consider this an act of normalcy -- like snatching a toy that belongs to them, or pushing another child to get ahead, or jumping the line or speaking out of turn. Remember, their world is about them and hence it is important to educate children about feelings, appropriate behaviour, and how to build relationships.

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Self-love means prioritizing your own needs and not putting your well-being at risk to please others.

There are a lot of discussions these days about the importance of self-love. It sounds good, but what does it mean to love oneself, and why does it matter? People strive to be flawless, and perfectionism is regarded as a more valuable quality or trait than self-love. Many people consider the idea of self-love to be an exaggerated philosophy, and they often underestimate its significance. But, self-love is essential for maintaining mental health and well-being and preventing depression and anxiety. When we engage in activities that promote our physical, psychological, and spiritual growth, we cultivate a sense of self-worth that makes us feel good about ourselves. When you love yourself, you have a good self-image.

To be in love with oneself means to have a significant concern for one's well-being. Self-love means prioritizing your own needs and not putting your well-being at risk to please others. It means refusing to accept anything less than what you deserve. Since we all have various ways to take care of ourselves, self-love may mean something different for each person. Not every day will be filled with feelings of self-confidence and self-worth, which would be impossible. It is critical to your mental health that you understand what self-love looks like for you as an individual.

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By enabling yourself to work with positive thoughts, you'll improve your your efficiency in life and be content with all you do.

To achieve a well-balanced and a meaningful life one needs to have a positive psyche and do away with all the negativity within. It is a known fact that humans respond well to positive emotions and stay motivated under its influence. However, there various motivations affect the happiness of an individual differently. By enabling yourself to work with positive thoughts, you'll improve your your efficiency in life and be content with all you do. You can achieve this by making little changes in your lifestyle like:

Don't judge yourself- All of us are bound to have unhappy and -- negative thoughts -- throughout the day. As you become more aware of them you may feel embarrassed or ashamed about how many you have. However, you don't need to overthink as it is perfectly normal to have all sorts of strange thoughts. We can overcome it by thinking about the happy moments in life.

dont think text You don't need to overthink as it is perfectly normal to have all sorts of strange thoughts. Photo by Marija Zaric on Unsplash

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