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How To Stop Hating Yourself

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In this post, you will learn how to stop hating yourself.

Perhaps you are unhappy with the sound of your voice or how you look. Maybe you feel that you can’t do it right no matter what you do. It’s possible to feel stuck in a downward spiral. The more you hate yourself, the more you make mistakes, which makes you even more hateful. So, how can you get out of this feeling?

Recognizing the signs of self-hatred is essential in order to overcome it. Understanding the triggers can help you understand how it affects your life. Finally, create a plan to get rid of the self-hatred and learn healthy coping skills that will allow you to feel better.

What Is Self-Hatred?

Self-hatred is a form of “self-loathing.” It is actually a common occurrence for people to harbor self-loathing thoughts.

Although common, self-hatred is not something you are born with. Studies in psychology have shown that self-loathing is a learned coping mechanism as babies lack the capacity to hate themselves.

How To Stop Hating Yourself

Signs Of Self-Hatred

Here are some signs you may be suffering from self-hatred. These are just a few.

  • Extreme self-criticism. A little bit of constructive self-criticism can assist you in noticing your mistakes and correcting them. But once it starts making you feel bad about yourself, self-criticism is no longer helpful.
  • Unrealistic expectations. It might be time for you to review your expectations if they are constantly falling short. Although it might seem like a bad thing to lower your expectations, you aren’t doing yourself any favors if your expectations remain too high.
  • Comparing. It is easy to compare your strengths and weakness with others. Yes, there are flaws in you and mistakes you’ve made, but so have everyone else, even those you admire most.
  • Negatives are easier to see. Even when you have a positive day, it is easy to get caught up in the negatives or the things that went wrong. It could also be a sign of depression.
  • Low self-esteem. People with low self-esteem don’t feel as though they measure up when comparing themselves to others in daily life.
  • Seek approval. To validate your self-worth, you are always looking for outside validation. How others view you and what you think about you will affect your opinion of yourself.
  • You don’t like compliments. Accepting compliments is difficult for you. You tend to dismiss them instead of accepting them.
  • You are constantly trying to fit in. It’s as if people don’t like you. They can’t explain why they want to spend time around you.
  • Fear of dreaming big. This is when you are afraid to pursue your dreams and aspirations. You feel like you have to keep your life safe. Fear of failure or success may be a factor. You might also feel down about yourself, regardless of your achievements.

How To Stop Hating Yourself?

Learn how to say “No”

You will hate yourself more when you try to please and impress others. If you believe you are a horrible person, you will subconsciously try to manipulate others into believing you aren’t.

While “yes” is getting a lot of attention these days, I want to restore the power of “no.”

It is not easy to say these noes. It’s difficult to say no. This is because it takes self-respect, self-care, and the ability to say healthy no. Sometimes, the first step in learning to love yourself and take care of yourself is to say no to people and things that will harm you.

Start small

You have to love yourself completely right away. Begin by being compassionate for yourself. Be kind to yourself. You don’t necessarily have to like them to be kind to someone. It doesn’t mean that you have to like everything about yourself. Find a few things you like about yourself and start to spend more time on them.

Practice positive self-talk

Say good things about yourself—out loud, just to yourself. If you can’t think of anything, you don’t need to lie. Just start small. You might not be ready to declare “I’m smart” or “I’m beautiful.” If you’re reading this, you can truthfully say, “I am working on myself.” It’s not about where you are, but which direction you’re going.

Forgive people, including yourself

To forgive means to recognize something is wrong and still love the person or yourself despite it. How can one achieve this? Recognize the good intentions or at the very least the ignorance behind the most undesirable/evil/undesirable acts. 

People don’t do evil because they are bad, but because they don’t know better or believe they can. It is often helpful to recall your own mistakes and ignorance before you forgive someone else.

It is important to deal with self-hatred. The less you are able to recognize and accept those parts of you that you don’t like, the easier it will be to forgive others.

Practice meditation

You can do meditation if you have trouble slowing down and releasing yourself from negative thoughts. Meditation is a great way to silence the negative voices in your head. It is also like a muscle. The more you practice it, the easier it will become to silence your mind and let go of negative thoughts.

Take care of yourself

Self-care is better than self-destructive behavior. Self-care is about taking care of your mental and physical health. To name just a few, eat healthy food, exercise regularly, get enough sleep, limit your screen time and social media use, spend more time outdoors, and be kind to yourself.

Find a Therapist

A therapist might be a good option if you have trouble with your mental health. Although it is possible to change your mind on your own, a professional can help you get past trauma under control and lead you to better-thinking habits.

cognitive behavioral therapy

Let yourself fail

Self-love is not proportional to how you feel about your achievements. It is more about how you feel about your failures. People who love and care for themselves do not have an overwhelming need to do everything right or perfect or correct the first time.

On the contrary, these people are more than willing to get dirty and mess up because they understand that true growth and progress come from.

Conclusion

It is easy to believe that you are the only one suffering from self-hatred. The truth is that many people feel the same, and there are ways to get past it. These were some tips on how to stop hating yourself.

You don’t have to live your life thinking about how you hate yourself. You can now take the first step towards feeling better and living a happier life.

These feelings may not be resolving themselves. This is the first step if you have not been evaluated by a mental healthcare professional. It could be your first step to making positive changes in the life of someone you love.

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Dr. Neha Mehta

Dr. Neha Mehta is an RCI registered Psychologist, certified Relationship Counselor, and a well-known Child Psychologist practicing in Haryana. Dr. Neha has 10 years of enriching experience in the field of counseling. She’s an accredited Psychologist by NIMHANS and International Affiliate with American Psychological Association.

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