Years ago, I used to think appreciating myself was self-glorifying and selfish. As time went on, I realised that self-appreciation is actually key to developing a great relationship with oneself and also in a way showing others how to treat you. Appreciating yourself is a fundamental aspect of well-being and personal development. Here are several reasons why self-appreciation is important:

  1. Boosts Self-Esteem – Appreciating yourself enhances self-esteem. When you acknowledge your achievements, strengths, and positive qualities, you build a positive self-image and confidence in your abilities.
  2. Promotes Self-Love – Self-appreciation is an expression of self-love. By recognizing and valuing who you are, you cultivate a healthy and compassionate relationship with yourself.
  3. Enhances Mental Health – Positive self-regard contributes to mental well-being. It can help reduce stress, anxiety, and depression by fostering a more optimistic and resilient mindset.
  4. Motivates Personal Growth – Acknowledging your progress and achievements motivates you to set and pursue new goals. It fuels a positive feedback loop that encourages continuous personal growth.
  5. Strengthens Resilience – When facing challenges or setbacks, self-appreciation provides a foundation of resilience. It reminds you of your capacity to overcome obstacles and bounce back from adversity. During challenging times, I remind myself that I have done hard things before and succeeded.
  6. Improves Relationships – A healthy self-image positively influences your interactions with others. When you appreciate yourself, you are more likely to engage in positive, fulfilling relationships.
  7. Encourages Self-Care – Appreciating yourself involves recognising your needs and taking care of your well-being. It encourages the practice of self-care, which is crucial for maintaining physical and emotional health.
  8. Fosters a Positive Mindset – Self-appreciation contributes to a positive mindset. By focusing on your strengths and achievements, you approach life with optimism, seeing opportunities rather than obstacles.
  9. Increases Productivity – Recognising your capabilities and successes can boost your motivation and productivity. It provides the confidence to tackle challenges and pursue tasks with enthusiasm.
  10. Cultivates a Growth Mindset, my favourite – Appreciating yourself aligns with a growth mindset, the belief that abilities and intelligence can be developed through effort, being patient and learning. This mindset encourages continuous learning and resilience in the face of challenges.
  11. Promotes Self-Compassion – Self-appreciation goes hand in hand with self-compassion. It allows you to treat yourself with kindness and understanding, especially during times of difficulty or mistakes.
  12. Enhances Decision-Making – When you appreciate yourself, you are more likely to make decisions that align with your values and aspirations. It fosters a sense of self-trust and confidence in your choices.
  13. Contributes to Overall Happiness – A positive self-image and self-appreciation are integral to overall happiness. When you appreciate who you are and what you bring to the world, you are more likely to experience a deep and lasting sense of fulfilment.

Appreciating yourself is not about arrogance but about recognising your worth, embracing your uniqueness, and fostering a positive relationship with the person you spend the most time with—yourself. It is a cornerstone of mental and emotional well-being.

Till next week, I am Dr. Tewa Onasanya and I am living the words I speak.


Dr Tewa Onasanya is a Mindset Stylist and Founder of Exquisite Magazine, ELOY Awards Foundation and EMAC Foundation. She is a speaker and an author of several books. Tea with Dr Tewa Onasanya is a weekly editorial on how business owners can rule their minds to build thriving businesses. #teawithTewa


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