5 Reasons You Should Focus On Yourself

5 Reasons You Should Focus On Yourself

Self-love (noun): regard for one's own well-being and happiness.
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The world these days is focused on altruism as the core of what it means to be a good person. Being “politically correct” is at the center of a large portion of social media posts and the presidential campaign this year. Being kind to others is one thing, but catering your beliefs to others is indicative of a lack of self-esteem and a need to focus on your own happiness. While giving to others is positive, you truly cannot give until you have taken care of yourself.

Here are five reasons why you should focus on yourself.

1. Focus on yourself to learn what you’re worth.

The first step to self-love is evaluating what you think you are worth. It is up to you and nobody else. Figure out what you think you are worth – be that in salary at work or the stability of your relationships.

2. Focus on yourself to improve your relationships.

When you are your best version of yourself people will see the confidence you possess and will respond with respect and authenticity. Confident people have happier relationships – not only with themselves but with others as well.

3. Focus on yourself to discover your interests.

When you focus on introspection, you discover what activities and hobbies truly make you happy and in which ones you participate simply to “fit in." Take time to do the things you love every day, and you will be happier internally and externally.

4. Focus on yourself to find your definition of success.

While the world can tell you a million things that will make you successful, the definition of success varies from person to person. Set goals for yourself and make sure to put a date on that goal. If it doesn’t make you happy, and you are doing it for someone else, drop it and do a bit of self-discovery. Success all depends on how you define it, whether it be family, career or travel.

5. Focus on yourself to find happiness.

Happiness roots itself in self-worth, confidence and happiness. Choosing yourself over others should be considered a public service and not selfishness. If everyone were at their happiest, the world would be a better place overall. While people’s definitions of achievement may differ, happiness is a feeling that can be experienced across all political, sociocultural and geographic lines. Focus on yourself, from the time you wake up to the time you go to bed and make unselfish happiness your number one priority.

And remember, happiness and laughter are contagious. Focusing on yourself can help others focus on themselves.

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The next few years appear to be promising ones full of purpose towards finally eradicating the infection from the human populace.

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The past few days have seen momentous progress in the worldwide fight against HIV with the 30th anniversary of World AIDS day on December 1st, 2018. Since the beginning of the AIDS epidemic in the 1970s, over 70 million people worldwide have been infected with the malady, culminating in approximately 35 million deaths. However, the tally for today's treatment of the disease shows a far more hopeful outcome, with 37 million living despite carrying HIV and 22 million in treatment.

Recent advances in medical science and technology have lead to the proliferation of easily accessible testing procedures, a plethora of treatments including drugs such as Abacavir (a nucleoside analog reverse-transcriptase inhibitor that is utilized in conjunction with other treatments to reduce the spread of HIV throughout the blood), and pre-exposure prophylaxis as preventative measures have become readily available to many vulnerable communities to help stem the tide of infection on an international scale.

The fight against HIV has been fraught with a host of preventative and treatment plans including clinical trials of antiretrovirals (ARVs) introduced in 1985. Since HIV works by utilizing a reverse transcriptase mechanism — in effect, turning its own viral RNA into DNA — in order to integrate itself into a host cell to mass produce its desired product and thereby infect neighboring cells until an entire tissue area and body system becomes affected, reverse transcriptase inhibitors such as antiretrovirals are increasingly essential in their ability to limit HIV's ability to latch onto a host body and bind properly, thereby reducing its potential to spread and develop into full-blown AIDS.

By 1995, these various ARVs were proclaimed as a major breakthrough in the fight against the AIDS epidemic and were celebrated as a deadly combination to the fatal illness at the 11th International AIDS Conference in Vancouver.

Soon after this development, the WHO announced a "three by five" initiative focused on providing high-quality HIV treatment to approximately three million patients in low- and middle-class regions by the year 2005. It was the largest global public health initiative ever launched at the time, and it increased the number of people who were able to receive access to affordable life-saving treatment by 15-fold within a mere three-year period.

Since then, the WHO has announced a "90-90-90" target plan intent on ensuring that by 2020, approximately 90% of all people living with HIV would know of their status, 90% of all people diagnosed with HIV would receive sustained antiretroviral therapy, and 90% of those who received this therapy would be able to achieve viral suppression and subsequent recession of their symptoms.

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Self-Confidence And Self-Love Starts With Acceptance

There is no rulebook to self confidence, but it can be obtained and you should love yourself for who you are.

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Even the loudest, most outgoing person can still struggle with self-confidence, there is no rulebook on how to be confident and comfortable in your own skin. Luckily, self-confidence comes from within and there are ways to start appreciating and coming to terms with yourself.

Self-confidence is such a broad term, but it means being comfortable and, well, confident with who you are as a human.

There is no clear cut way to obtain self-confidence, and I don't believe anyone really has it mastered, but there are some ways to start looking at yourself in a better light.

Although I am talkative, pretty outgoing, and overall confident with who I am, I still struggle with the idea of self-confidence. You look at people who seem as though they have it together and that their life is perfectly in order, but chances are they too struggle with some aspect of their life.

Confidence comes from within, once you learn that you are who you are meant to be and start accepting flaws for what they are, life gets that much easier.

Now, this is all easier said than done, how can someone be 100% confident in their own skin? Well, it all starts with you, if you want to be happy, confident, and secure with who you are, you need to learn how to accept.

People seem to feel the need to fake who they are in order to fit in or to change things in order to feel accepted but that change is temporary. You should never, ever have to change for another person. If someone doesn't like you for who you are then they clearly are not meant to be in your life.

Learn how to come to terms with your flaws. If you feel like you aren't good enough, or that you will never be able to obtain a certain goal, start changing your mindset. Self-confidence can be obtained through your mind and through how you feel about yourself.

Again, there is no rulebook to self-confidence but if you want to start to love yourself and feel that boost of confidence it must come from within and it must come from acceptance and ultimately you will start to learn how to accept yourself for who you are, not who others want you to be.

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