I think most of us know that comparing ourselves is not a good way to spend our energy, yet so many of us struggle with it and still find ourselves constantly doing it. Rather you are comparing yourself because you think you are better or because you think someone else is better, both situations bring negative emotions.
Comparison was something I struggled with for years and it was one thing that held me back from being able to completely love and accept myself. It's not an easy habit to break because we are put in situations daily that allow for it to happen. So with that said, I want to share my top six tips that have helped me overcome the habit of comparing myself to others.
TIP #1: REALIZE THAT JUST BECAUSE SHE IS BEAUTIFUL DOESN'T MEAN YOU AREN'T
This is easily one of my favorite self love quotes I've came across. It resonates with me deeply because I know for a lot of us girls, even myself, when we see a beautiful women we can instantly feel less. You are allowed to appreciate and acknoldge someone's beauty without it effecting the way you feel about yourself.
TIP #2: COMPLIMENT OTHERS
I think more people should go out of their way to compliment others. From personal experience, complimenting others allowed me to be more comfortable acknowledging someone's unique qualities and beauty without it detracting from the way I felt about myself. Not only that, but it's a good way to spend your energy because it makes the other person feel good and it makes you feel good (at least it does for me).
TIP #3: LIMIT PEOPLE YOU CONSTANTLY COMPARE YOURSELF TOO
One thing I did last year was unfollow people on social media I constantly compared myself too. When I had first started my fitness journey, I followed girls who had the ideal body that I wanted to have. I realized that my news feed was filled with girls bodies and people I wanted to look like. While most people find that motivating, I found that it only belittled my self confidence and made me feel like absolute shit about myself. You are in control of who you follow on social media so choose to only allow for people who make you feel good about yourself, not less.
TIP #4: CONSTANTLY REMIND YOURSELF ABOUT WHAT YOU LOVE ABOUT YOURSELF
Too often we spend more time thinking negatively about ourselves or focused on the things we want to change instead of being happy with what we are already have or are capable of. There is nothing wrong with wanting to make improvements but you are also allowed to be content with where you are now. You are allowed to remind yourself that you are beautiful as you are, and point out the qualities about yourself that you love.
TIP #5: CONTINUE TO WORK ON YOUR CONFIDENCE
Comparison can trigger from lack of confidence so similar to my last tip, work on accepting yourself and appreciating what you do love about yourself to help build up your confidence.
TIP #6: REALIZE YOU ARE NOT COMPARABLE
Last but not least, and what I think is obvious is that you are not comparable. You have different talents, unique qualities and special gifts that you offer to the world that no one else does. Comparing yourself to someone is like comparing pizza to a burger -- two completely different things and comparing the two wouldn't make sense.
So those are my top tips on how to stop comparing yourself. I hope you found it helpful! :)