When I would hear someone practice gratitude, it has always been showing others how thankful they are for them. Letting someone know they appreciate and value their relationship in their life. But what about ourselves? Do we ever take the time to show self-gratitude for all that we do for ourselves? It may sound a little weird, I know. But it’s important for us to show that appreciation because life is hard. It’s not always nice to us. So we have to be our own cheerleader and don’t be afraid or feel weird that you are taking that time to pour back into yourself. You deserve it sis!
I’ve struggled with showing self-gratitude to myself as a whole. We go through seasons and we all have a past, present and future version of ourselves. I learned that I have to own all the bad and good parts of my past because those things are what make me the person I am today. I have to do this while keeping the future version of myself in mind and confidently knowing I am fully capable of becoming the person I have always desired to become.
Showing self-gratitude doesn’t just mean buying yourself things because that is what you want. By all means, if you want to buy yourself something nice, buy it. But don’t allow yourself to get too wrapped up in showing yourself appreciation through materialistic gratification. It’s about digging deep and identifying what about yourself you appreciate. By looking within you are able to shape a positive relationship with yourself and it promotes stable mental health. You will also be able to appreciate the small and big accomplishments, even when others don’t.
If you are constantly appreciating others and not taking the time to start with yourself, it’s time for you to start practicing self-gratitude. Here is a list of 10 ways you can practice self-gratitude starting today:
- Start a self-gratitude journal
- Write a letter to your past, present and future self
- Write daily affirmations
- Accept a compliment from others instead of deflecting them
- Write a list of what you appreciate about yourself
- List the top 3 good things that you’ve brought into your life
- Acknowledge and act on your desires
- List all of the qualities you admire about yourself
- Tell yourself “thank you” every day
- Use apps that promote self-gratitude
Remember self-gratitude is about you showing you appreciation. Let yourself know that you are your biggest fan. Please share how you practice self-gratitude!