In our previous article, I talked about respecting yourself and how it benefits you as a whole. Developing self-respect starts with you; it is the very foundation of it all.
Self-respect is a choice; you choose how you will perceive yourself and how others will perceive you. It is available to everyone, just that not everyone develops it because they are afraid of what others might think about them. It could be a result of their emotions and memories, which shaped the person they are today.
Every person has to choose to grow; you can always choose for yourself.
40 simple and powerful methods to help you respect yourself
Here is a list of 40 methods that will strengthen your self-respect. They are simple but yet very powerful in the sense that given enough time and effort, they can help you learn ways of building self-respect for yourself,
Taking these steps daily, you will see changes within your character, which helps you develop more self-respect daily and help improve your quality of life.
Be more positive in your life
As you know, positivity is all about focusing on the good things in your life. If there are no such aspects present, it can help to create them or at least look for some aspect of positivity if possible. It could mean going out and doing something new or creative and surrounding yourself with positive people who can help influence your thinking more constructively and so on.
Remember, there will always be toxic people within society, but you do not have to allow them to affect how much positivity is within your life.
Determine your self worth
You determine your worth, and if someone or something tries to make you feel inferior, then it is your job to stand up for yourself and not let this happen.
You are an amazing individual capable of going out into the world and achieving whatever goals that might be in front of you, so never forget about how important you truly are as a person because there would be no one to make the life without you you live so wonderful.
Stay true to be the person you are
No matter what you do, stay true to who you are because this will only make it easier for others to respect and love you. You have to be real and be who you are; the more people see a different side of you, the better off they will be.
Step up and follow your dreams
Do not let anything stand in the way of your dreams, especially yourself. The only person who can stop you from achieving what it is that you want out of life is yourself because once you have the mindset to succeed at doing whatever might get thrown your way, then there will be nothing stopping you from reaching new heights and being happy with where you are in life.
Take no-nonsense from others
There needs to be a balance, but when it comes to standing up for yourself, there needs to be a clear distinction between what is right and wrong.
If someone or something tries to make you feel less than you are, they need to be cut from your life because this will only affect how much happiness you can experience in living your life as you see fit.
Set healthy boundaries, learn to say no
It has got to be the toughest for many; learn to say no when you need to. You have the right and ability to set boundaries in your life, do not let others walk all over you because they need to see that you are a strong individual who knows how to stand up for themselves when necessary.
Do not be afraid of what might happen if you say no if you think whatever is thrown at you does not make sense.
Learn from other’s wisdom
We can know so much more if we were willing to share our knowledge with others, so there should never be a sense of ownership over the things we learn in life. What matters most is sharing wisdom and learning new information with one another.
Learn to have more humor and have more laughter
Laughing is good for the soul. Everyone enjoys sharing a laugh here and there, but if it does not happen enough throughout our day-to-day lives, then it is time to make a change.
It does not matter what you do, whether through watching a funny movie or even just looking at something online that is humorous in some way. Learn to laugh more because it makes the world around us enjoyable to be a part of.
Do laugh at yourself
It’s okay if you make a mistake. No one is perfect, so trying to always be on top of things will make you angry and upset because that is not how life works. We are all here living each day as best as we can, and that is why it is important to give ourselves time to laugh and smile at all the funny things we do without thinking about how bad something might be.
Always give back and helps others whenever you can
Helping other people can be as simple as holding the door open for someone or giving a stranger directions. Everyone goes through difficult times, and it can be easy for people to fall into a rut during these periods when negativity seems like too much to handle. In such times, if you are comfortable, try to offer your hand when you can; you will see the difference that you can make for the person and your ownself spiritually.
Learn to love yourself
Taking care of yourself is just as important, if not more so, than taking care of others because it shows that you respect and love yourself enough to make an effort in doing something good for yourself by practicing self-care daily.
If you are too busy to take care of your health and body, how can you expect to help others?
Respecting yourself means self-care, and you do that by taking care of your body by eating well, exercising regularly, and making sure you do not smoke or drink excessively to the point where it becomes a problem. Everyone should be as happy as they possibly can be in life, which is why respecting yourself also means staying away from things that will make you feel unstable or worse about your own life.
Understand your feelings and gain self-acceptance
Respecting yourself should be unconditional because it’s about learning to accept who you are and not focusing on your mistakes. Everyone makes mistakes, but that does not mean every mistake reflects who they truly are as a person. Sometimes things happen in life that can lead towards different paths within our experiences.
Never look down on yourself for the things you might feel ashamed of because what matters most is loving yourself and having confidence in who you are as an individual. Life can be hard, but it’s never too late to make strides towards self-acceptance.
Learn that not everyone is on the same page
Everyone is different, and it is another person’s right to have their own opinion in life. If someone does not agree with you, that is perfectly fine because it shows how different our personalities are from one another, but this should never stop us from being respectful towards one another.
There’s nothing wrong with having your own opinion, but never force it on anyone, just as you will not like others to do the same to you.
Be honest with yourself
Honesty is the best policy, but this does not mean you should be a jerk to people around you either. Everyone deserves respect which means being honest with someone about how we feel. You can have your opinion but ensure that you do not go overboard and be constructive in your honesty; being condescending is not the same as being honest.
Be truthful and face your flaws
You are also a human being; emotions are part of who you are as a person, and feeling them in their entirety is important for your happiness.
Have you ever had the feeling that something is not right in your life, but you are reluctant to face it? You should always be your own biggest advocate and learn how to listen when someone else tries to point out what might be wrong about certain aspects of your character or personality, which means you should respect yourself enough to confront your problems head-on.
Take responsibility and apologies for your mistakes
Respect is not the same thing as demanding because if you are unable or unwilling to take responsibility and say sorry for your mistakes. Then you cannot expect others around you to show up and treat you like a person who deserves their time, attention, or words of kindness in conversation. Respect is a two-way street where we all have to do our part to be peaceful and happy among everyone around us.
Learn from your mistakes and move on
Mistakes are a part of life, no one gets through life without making mistakes, and that is okay because it is how you handle the mistake which makes a difference in the end.
You cannot learn from something if you are unwilling to admit what has happened, so instead of beating yourself up over whatever might have occurred, work on fixing things around you for the better.
Learn to be happy with who you are
Sometimes people get caught up in the mistakes they made when it comes to their past, which can prevent them from living in the present moment because if that happened, why would you even bother living at all?
Respect yourself by being grateful for everything you have in life and not focus on the past to live a positive future.
Keeping in touch with loved ones
Everyone needs someone they can talk to during times of need or when we feel lonely and want to have a good conversation about various topics. Suppose you do not know how important it is to stay in contact with your family members or friends. In that case, you should think about how some people go through life without having that kind of support, going through difficult times alone, and facing them on their own without anyone to help them.
Learn to appreciate the value of time
Time is a precious resource, and respecting yourself means not wasting your own or other peoples’ time. Arriving late to an event or being too lazy to show up when you said you would do something in the first place is disrespectful and rude.
Of course, we cannot avoid things like traffic but stop making excuses for your behavior because it only makes you look immature or irresponsible. Such behavior tells people you are irresponsible, and it is not something you should be proud of.
Make every moment count
Instead of wasting your time on things that do not matter or push you away from your goals, respect yourself and others by making the most out of every moment because it will help you grow more than just giving in to the same old thoughts. Be honest with yourself about what needs to change and work hard to make it happen.
Learn to be a better communicator
Not everyone is skilled at communicating their feelings or needs by using words during difficult times. Some people may have trouble with certain aspects of speaking and listening in this way but do not let that stop you from keeping your mind open for the sake of learning how to respect others.
Communicating our needs and feelings is the only way we can make others understand us, which means you will need to work on communicating with those who seem to care about your well-being for everyone to feel respected.
Stay aware of the present moment
It is easy to get lost in our thoughts, and when we have so many things going on inside our minds at once, we cannot focus on what is happening around us. It is disrespectful to others because you cannot understand their needs by not paying attention when they are speaking. Pay attention and focus on your communications with people so that you can put yourself in their shoes and do your best to respect them.
Accept that we are constantly learning to grow
We should constantly be learning new things and being open to the ideas of other people within society. If you are not open-minded, that does not mean you cannot respect others, but it just means there is more for you to learn about how human beings work together in ways that can benefit everyone, including yourself.
Being patient with those who do not know better
Doing your best to be compassionate towards other people is part of respecting them as human beings, which means we should never be too hasty when it comes to making judgments about others since it is also a two-way street where they should try their best not to judge us either.
Be open-minded and accept criticism
The core of respect is having an open mind which means you cannot be afraid or unwilling to listen when someone talks or offers you positive criticism because that would indicate disrespect towards them. The world we live in today is vastly different than it was even a few decades ago, which means we should be open to learning new things and be more willing to accept that the world is constantly changing.
Stay open-minded about all cultures
We live in a very diverse world where different cultures help give us new ways of looking at the world around us, which means respecting others also means having an open mind towards their way of life and respecting it as something important to them because we are all different.
Learn to have alone time
There will be times when you need to spend time by yourself to find out who you are.
It can be easy for many people to get caught up within themselves and lose a sense of what they want from life; this is why it becomes necessary for them to step away from the world around them and take some time off to learn and grow.
Make and spend your money
You are wonderful! It is important to find time just for you, so do not be afraid to spend a little extra money on something which will make you happy.
Working hard, making your money work for you can help. If nothing else, then simply working on learning how to love yourself will make a world of difference in the long run because once you are truly happy with who you are as an individual, there is nothing that can stand in your way of reaching for the moon and beyond.
Be more adventurous in life
Life is short; live it up and go for the things that intrigue you. There is nothing wrong with exploring new avenues in life; not everything needs to be planned out step by step because sometimes it can be just as fun to jump right into something without thinking about what might happen next.
Remember that you are unique
You are very important, and you matter. Use that to help remind yourself why you make the choices that influence your life positively daily.
Even though we must treat one another with respect, that does not mean we can lose ourselves because everyone has their own set of values and beliefs, which is why we should always strive to be true to ourselves and never forget who it is that we are inside.
Respect the old and young alike
Even though we live in a world often filled with those who want to claim expertise over certain things because it makes them feel better, this does not mean they are right about their claims. Just as we learn from our elders, so do we also have a lot to learn from children who are still maturing.
It is important to show respect to one another because that helps us stay in tune with those around us and help make life better for everyone involved while also reaching towards our own goals.
Work hard instead of wondering why things never seem to go your way
Instead of falling into a pattern where all you do is complain about how life has been treating you, try to develop an attitude that will allow you to stand back up when you have been knocked down, instead of giving up learning how to pick yourself off the ground and keep going even though it might be tempting to give in to negative feelings towards life because sometimes we do need a moment for ourselves.
Fight for what you want
Even though life is full of plenty of people who say that we should accept things the way they are instead of fighting for change because that is how we all end up losing out. When it comes to respecting self-respect, you have to be willing to fight and work hard towards your goals. Only then will you be able to live the way you want without feeling like you are being held back.
Set your standards
When you set your standards for what you expect from yourself, it means respecting those rules. If you are okay with staying in bed all day long, then so be it, do not let others push you to stay active when that is what you want. The point is that the only person who needs to be happy with you is yourself.
Accept only constructive opinions
Learning to listen to opinions and criticism is important, but only when we can learn to accept and take things in stride while also choosing which opinions we want to listen to and follow and which ones we want to let go of. It is very okay if you do not agree with what other people think because it is still your life that you are living at the end of the day.
Embrace the challenges that come your way
Life may come with many challenges, but that is what makes it worth living because you never know where your next adventure will take place or who around you may help direct you towards a new beginning.
Respect yourself and those around you by embracing each moment as it comes because life will always be full of surprises, even if we think we have everything figured out.
It is important to see life as an adventure instead of a race because it will help you appreciate every moment you share with others and yourself.
Be more willing to go with the flow
If you are okay with staying in the same rut and not making any changes when they present themselves, then nothing will ever change. Sure, it may be comfortable, but that is what holds us back from our full potential.
It is important to change our focus and emotional state when necessary because that is what helps us grow the most as individuals instead of simply clinging onto the same old thoughts because they make us feel safe.
Respect oneself by being willing to go with the flow no matter how difficult it may be for us to live a life worth living.
Believe in your abilities
If you want something bad enough, then you need to be able to believe in yourself and the things that you are capable of doing because life is about having the courage to pursue your dreams no matter how big or small they may seem, remember that believing in oneself is the first step to success.
Be kind to yourself
No matter how cruel life may seem at times, we need to treat ourselves with the same kindness and respect that we show others because it will help us grow in ways that have nothing to do with anger or frustration. Make time for things that you enjoy doing, work hard towards your goals and always be open to change because those are the things that will help you grow when it comes to self-respect.
If you want others to respect your choices, then first choose for yourself and stick by it. When we respect ourselves enough to take responsibility for our thoughts, actions, and words, others will follow along.
Final thoughts on the methods to respect yourself
Taking responsibility for respecting ourselves in our lives is the only way we can be happy and successful. If you’re struggling, know that there are people out there who care about you and want to help. Take some time today to explore your thoughts on self-worth, following your dreams, staying true to yourself no matter how difficult it may seem at times, and set some goals so that when this night of the soul ends (as it always does), you’ll have a plan in place for lightening up and moving forward with optimism.