Weekly Wellness: The dangers of comparing yourself to others.

I'm sure at some point in your life you've compared yourself to someone else. Maybe you're always looking at other people's social media accounts and feeling like you're not doing enough. Or maybe you just can't help but feel like your life doesn't measure up to your friends when you get together. Comparing yourself to others is one of the quickest ways to rob yourself of happiness and self-confidence. Here are a few reasons why you should stop comparing yourself to others, starting today!

1. It's impossible to be happy if you're always comparing yourself to others 
Comparing yourself to others is like trying to fit into a pair of jeans that belong to someone else. It might work for a little while, but eventually you're going to end up feeling uncomfortable and frustrated. Besides, who wants to spend their life walking around in someone else's jeans? It's much better to focus on finding your own perfect fit. Maybe your jeans will be a little tight in some places and a little loose in others, but that's what makes them uniquely yours. Embrace your own quirks and imperfections, and you'll be much happier as a result.

2. Comparing yourself to others can lead to feelings of insecurity and self-doubt 
We've all been there - scrolling through Instagram and seeing someone with the perfect life. They have the perfect partner, the perfect job, the perfect body...and we can't help but compare ourselves to them. We start to doubt ourselves and our own accomplishments, wondering why we can't have what they have. But here's the thing: we don't know what goes on behind the scenes. That "perfect" person may be struggling with their mental health, or they may be in an abusive relationship. The truth is, we don't know what other people are dealing with, and comparing ourselves to them is only going to make us feel worse about ourselves. So next time you find yourself scrolling through social media and feeling bad about yourself, remember that everyone has their own struggles - and you're doing just fine.

3. Comparison is the thief of joy 
The next time you find yourself comparing your life to someone else's, take a step back and consider this: comparison is the thief of joy. Think about it - every time you compare yourself to others, you're robbing yourself of happiness. Why? Because no matter how great your life may be, there will always be someone who has more money, a better car, a bigger house, etc. So instead of dwelling on what you don't have, focus on what you do have and be grateful for it. appreciate your blessings and count your lucky stars that you're not in the other person's shoes. After all, the grass is always greener on the other side - or is it?

4. You can never be happy if your happiness depends on someone else 
true happiness comes from within. It is not based on what other people think or do. Their opinions and actions are not under your control, so why base your happiness on something that you can't control? If you focus on things that are within your control, such as your own thoughts and actions, you will be much happier. There will always be things that are out of your control, but if you focus on what is within your control, you will be much happier. So don't base your happiness on someone else's opinion or action - base it on your own!

5. Don't forget that everyone has their own unique set of strengths and weaknesses 
It's easy to forget that everyone has their own unique set of strengths and weaknesses. After all, we all have our own individual quirks that make us who we are. However, it's important to remember that everyone has something to offer. We all have something that we're good at, and we all have something that we struggle with. The key is to remember that everyone is an individual and to treat them accordingly. After all, there's no need to compare ourselves to others – we all have our own unique set of strengths and weaknesses.

6. Embrace who you are, flaws and all 
We all have our imperfections. Maybe your nose is a little too big, or your feet are a tad too small. Maybe you can't sing to save your life or you're the world's worst cook. Whatever it is that you perceive as your flaw, embrace it! Embracing your flaws makes you unique and interesting. It gives you character. After all, if everyone was perfect, the world would be a pretty boring place. So go ahead and embrace those quirks that make you who you are - they're what make you special.

7. The only person you should be competing against is yourself
In a world full of competition, it's easy to get caught up in the comparisons. Who has more followers? Who got the better grade? Who just got a new car? But at the end of the day, the only person you should be competing against is yourself. After all, no one knows what you're capable of better than you do. Constantly striving to outdo others is exhausting and ultimately unproductive. So instead of wasting your time and energy on comparing yourself to others, focus on becoming the best version of yourself. Set your own goals and benchmarks, and then work tirelessly to reach them. You might just be surprised at what you're capable of achieving.

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