How to Practice Radical Acceptance from eHow.com

How to Practice Radical Acceptance

By eHow Contributing Writer

Radical acceptance is the practice of accepting life on its own terms and finding effective strategies to cope with whatever is happening. It doesn’t mean being passive, but accepting “what is” with the understanding that you have the power of choice. Practicing radical acceptance is a choice that can ease stress and depression and enhance your overall quality of life.

       Step 1

       Love and be gentle with yourself. Understand that real love must come from within. Radical acceptance means treating yourself as you would treat someone that you truly love.

       Step 2

       Praise yourself. Tell yourself how well you are doing and stop criticizing yourself. Write down things you have done that make you feel proud and refer to it when you’re experiencing feelings of self-doubt.

       Step 3

       Accept yourself. Don’t listen to the little voice in your head that says you aren’t good enough. Accept the way you are, right now, without judgment.

      Step 4
      Find ways to support yourself. Practice radical acceptance by reaching out to friends and loved ones and allowing them to support you.

     Step 5

     Forgive yourself. Have compassion for yourself and where you are in your life. Acknowledge any real or perceived wrongs that you may have perpetrated in the past. Apologize if you have wronged others, and then let it go.

     Step 6

     Lend a helping hand to others. Not only will it make a difference in their lives, but you will feel better and more positive about yourself.

     Step 7

     Take care of your body, and accept it lovingly. Learn about exercise and nutrition and get adequate rest. Nurture yourself and allow yourself to feel good.

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