WELLNESS / April 20, 2017

Why I Don’t Take Myself Too Seriously

I used to be the person who wasn’t always able to take a joke; I used to get really embarrassed if I had something stuck in my teeth and someone pointed it out, if my jeans weren’t cuffed perfectly or if I wasn’t wearing the most stylish outfit when I stepped out to run errands. It made me really tense and on guard all the time. I don’t know when it happened but I decided that I needed to stop the nonsense, it was taking away too much joy in my life.

I’m not saying I don’t have moments where I get embarrassed, tense, or anxious. I do. The difference now is how quickly I’m able to shake it off, some days are harder than others and that’s okay. I make a constant effort to put myself in uncomfortable or silly situations so I can get used to the idea that people are watching me. Luckily, there are moments when I actually stop noticing that people are watching and that’s when I feel the most free.

I started taking the following 5 steps to help me get through this process, I think you would find them helpful:

  1. Laugh at yourself if you do something silly…it’s ok, you’re not perfect.
  2. Ignore and walk away from unnecessary comments, they’re never worth it.
  3. Make it a mental note to remember that what people think and/or might  think is irrelevant.
  4. Be the centre of attention…in a good way. Force yourself to get used to the feeling of having all eyes on you so when something ’embarrassing’ happens in front of others…it won’t matter as much.
  5. Surround yourself with people who accept you for who you are, then you won’t feel like you’re being judged if they give you a heads up about a piece of food stuck in your teeth or throw you a piece of gum when you really need it.

 All in all, I’m happy with and I love my crazy, bubbly, pensive, sensitive, and imperfect self. 🙂

How about you? Do you ever feel like you take yourself too seriously?

Stay tuned for my next post!

xo Amanda.

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