So often we focus on how we are interacting with others, we don't spend enough time cultivating a good relationship with ourselves. It's obvious that you need to put time and effort into building a relationship with your significant other or friends, but there are also important habits that help you improve your relationship with yourself. Once you get to a place where you feel comfortable, confident, and loving towards yourself, all those other relationships you want to cultivate will also benefit from your newfound self-appreciation, and you might find you have much more positive experiences in all facets of life.
"It is important to have good self-esteem and self-worth because how you treat yourself translates into the quality of your life and relationships," clinical psychologist Dr. Helen Odessky tells Bustle. "When your sense of self is whole, you can understand yourself and others from a more compassionate place and have better relationships where your aim is to solve problems and create connections rather than defend yourself or be overly self-protective."
Developing a strong, healthy relationship with yourself might take time, but you can help yourself along by engaging in certain habits. Here are seven amazingly effective ways experts say you can improve your relationship with yourself.