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Fighting Prejudices Which Prevent You From Pretending And Be Yourself

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by Jilian Woods,
Contributing Author, Conscious Reminder

Make no mistake: you are special. You’re not just one in a million, as the adage goes… you’re completely unique, with your own personality, your own set of things which make you happy, and a countless number of different ways that you are completely, entirely, 100% original.

As such, it’s incredibly important to be comfortable in your own skin, happy with who you are, and bestowed with the confidence to let all of those things that make you shine come through at every possibility.

There’s no doubt about the fact that, in certain aspects of life, it sometimes feels as though all those wonderful things that make you special can feel as though they are being suppressed, or that you don’t have the opportunity to let your real face show.

Students, for example, often feel as though they simply don’t have the time or the opportunity to truly be themselves (which is why essay writers from Essaypro are so valuable for freeing up that all-important ‘me time’ which each and every one of us needs).

However, it’s vital that we’re all equipped with the tools we need to feel good about ourselves and have the ability to be ourselves in every situation. Here are ten top tips for ensuring you stay – quite simply – you.

Don’t Live For Pleasing Others

Ever find yourself only doing things for other people, and never doing anything for yourself? It’s surprisingly common, and it’s one of the most harmful ways we end up holding ourselves back from being who we want to be and truly are.

Making other people happy is undoubtedly important, but it’s equally important to ensure your needs are met, too. Do something just for yourself every now and again, and revel in the feeling that you’re giving yourself a much-needed treat.

Don’t Worry About How You’re Viewed

Social anxiety is massively on the rise, and experts are pointing the finger of blame to our increasingly high-pressure lifestyles and the prevalence of social media.

Thinking about how others view you can lead to positive changes, but obsessing over your public appearance can negatively affect the reality of yourself and your self-esteem. Your true face is always going to be the most beautiful and most rewarding for yourself and others around you.

Get To Know Your Real Self

Ever since you were born, you’ve been conditioned in one way or another by all kinds of aspects of society. Do you know who are you?

You might think you do, but it’s likely you could benefit from some further exploration. Take the time to learn some meditation techniques, and spend some time getting to know your mind and yourself a little better.

Appreciate Your Quirks

Let’s face it, we’re all a little weird. We all have our own quirks and eccentricities… and it’s really important that we embrace them rather than try to suppress or change them. Love yourself – even the bits which seem like they don’t fit with others’ expectations.

Be Confident in Your Decisions

Life is full of choices, and all too many of us flounder around each one, wondering ‘what if’, or choosing the one we feel will be easiest, or most acceptable to those around us. Try being more confident in your decisions, and leaping headfirst into what feels right for you. It’s sure to be worthwhile in the long run!

Be Kind to Yourself

Everybody makes mistakes, and sometimes we absolutely make the wrong choices which end up hurting ourselves or those we care about. Instead of wallowing in self-pity or punishing ourselves for our human errors, we all need to be a little more forgiving of the things we do wrong. It’s not always easy, but it’s a key aspect of allowing our true nature to shine and move on with positivity and self-love.

Be More Optimistic

Are you something of a ‘glass half empty’ person? If so, it’s time to wake up and start seeing the world and life itself differently. Just as you are a unique and special person, the world is full of unique, special, and wonderful opportunities. Negativity and pessimism only close doors, so start being more optimistic and opening new doors in your life.

Fall In Love With Something New

One of the best ways of being yourself and discovering more about your real identity is to move out of your comfort zone and try something totally new.

Taking up a new hobby is perhaps the simplest way of doing this, and it will allow you to take a break from the monotony of everyday life and discover something exciting to try.

Learn From Your Mistakes

Mistakes can sometimes feel disastrous and seem like things that are incredibly difficult to overcome. Knowing yourself and being yourself involves seeing mistakes as learning opportunities, helping you find your feet and get back on your true path.

Work Hard For What You Want

A major part of being yourself, and allowing your true self to manifest and benefit everyone around you, is knowing what you want to achieve and then striving to make it. Write down your aims and turn them into a daily mantra – you’ll soon find ways of re-organizing your life and your time to reach those all-important goals.

About the Author: Jilian Woods is a freelance journalist and a contributing writer having more than two years of writing experience. As a writer, she sees her purpose in producing and sharing relevant content with people who are willing to expand their knowledge base and learn something new for themselves. Apart from her day job, you may find Jilian engaged in volunteering or doing yoga.

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