Loving yourself is not an easy thing to do. Our society gives us this mindset that we constantly have to look and act a certain way to fit in. Being a teenager in this day of age, I completely understand. When I was younger, I would constantly put a label on myself telling myself I wasn't good enough or I'll never make it to where I want to go in life. While once in a while I am still guilty of this, I have learned ways to decrease these feelings and have learned to love myself the way I am. Along with learning to love myself, I have learned that there are great things that can come with it was well, and I wrote about it.
Be your #1 fan.
Loving yourself does not come from other people. It comes from you and only you. Don't be afraid to cheer yourself on when you need a little bit of cheering. Tell yourself you are worth it. Tell yourself you are beautiful. These comments mean more coming from you than they do coming from anybody else.
Embrace your flaws.
Everyone has flaws. There are always going to be things that you dislike about yourself, and that is okay. It's so easy to use your flaws to tear yourself apart, but it's not worth it. Your flaws make you beautiful; embrace them.
Know that learning to love yourself isn't a one step process.
Learning to love yourself takes time. But most importantly, it takes a positive attitude. Small changes will lead you to a better you, whether its a more active lifestyle or just looking at yourself with confidence. You only have to remember one thing when you are learning to love yourself and that is: you are worth it.