Ever looked at another person and thought… ‘I want what she has!’? - I think most of us have all done it at times. Yet comparing ourselves to others can be so detrimental to our own health and wellbeing, not to mention distracting from being present and content with who we are!
Sometimes a little healthy competition can be just what we need to motivate ourselves to get up and get going. But there needs to be a line drawn at what ‘healthy competition’ is and what ‘destructive comparisons’ are. One encourages you to push forward to be the healthiest and happiest version of yourself, whilst the other focuses on potential ‘flaws’, striving for ‘perfection’ and can feed a sense of negativity and self-loathing.
Is there someone stronger than you? Prettier than you? Fitter than you? Sure there might be, but who cares? Happiness and good health are two things we can strive for, and we cannot do this whilst we are focusing on what everyone else around us has or hasn’t got. Perfection does not exist, yet somehow we still seem to strive for it and beat ourselves up for having not yet attained it.
So today I wanted to set a bit of a challenge for you… As you go about the rest of your day today, see if you notice yourself making a negative comparison of yourself with another person. If you notice yourself doing this, try to consciously stop and instead bring to mind 3 things you love about yourself!
Sounds a little corny? Well it shouldn’t! I find it so frustrating how we are made to feel that ‘loving ourselves’ is vain and inappropriate. There is nothing wrong with pushing yourself to be the best that you can be, just as long as you appreciate all that you are in this moment too!