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There are a million reasons to love yourself, and as college girls we know that loving ourselves is the key to exuding that killer confidence that turns heads, drops jaws, and magnetically draws others to us inexplicably. So as a college girl, I would like to take a second to remind you of all of the beautiful things that make you You. And the confidence part? Well, that’s up to you!

 

Love what makes you different

I’ve never understood why little insecurities have to be labeled as worthy of hiding or as something to be ashamed of, instead of being celebrated as a quality that adds to the story of who we are.

So you feel too short or too tall? Who cares. You’re the exact height that you need to be. Some of us have long legs, some short, some of us can find that perfect joke for the perfect moment while other of us communicate in subtle and introverted ways. And that’s great. Whether it’s a physical insecurity or a deeper one, celebrate your differences – they’re what make you stand apart. Loving yourself fully means loving those parts of you too.

 

Let yourself love fully

As college girls, we understand heartbreak – it’s a natural part of life that we have all experienced a time or two. So is love. Instead of letting past traumas naggingly pull at your coat sleeves, let them go and allow yourself to love with everything you are and everything you have. Giving love helps you feel love, for yourself and others too.

 

Celebrate

Whether it’s a personal, work-related or school-related victory, celebrate the achievements in your life! Even if you just feel pure happiness, celebrate that too. Achievements don’t have to be narrowly defined. If you’re a goal oriented person, make sure to let yourself feel and celebrate all of the small marks along the journey, the first step and the half way points. Aren’t they just as important in the grand scheme of things?

 

Respect your body

Having been in college for several years now, I am so tired of hearing about every body image issue in the book and seeing no conscious strides being made to overcome them. Loving and accepting yourself as You are means that you have to be on the same team as your body too. Feed it healthy things, and take care of it, and that includes respecting your needs to have that ice cream or take that day off from the gym to relax. Be free to be you, no matter what size or shape you may be!

 

Appreciate others

Often the way we interact and treat others is a reflection of how we feel about our own selves. Respecting every person for the lessons and light that they bring into your life is another way of loving yourself, by recognizing that we are all a part of the same human network. Underlying the false perceptions of divisions that we create through labeling and subconscious distancing there is a deep unity that connects us all.

 

 

What do you think?

When do you feel your most confident? What are your keys to confidence and embracing yourself? Add your own tips for empowerment in the comments section below!

Anna Patrick Author: Anna Patrick

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  1. Self love is definitely one of the most important aspects of health at college. We perceive ourselves so differently than those around us–we see flaws no one else does. I’ve made a promise to my body to treat it well, and it definitely makes the difference.

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