2 Loving Ways to Appreciate Yourself More This Season

How often do you show yourself appreciation? Chances are, not enough. And when you’re hard on yourself, it can easily lead to more negative thoughts. This, in turn, can impact how you approach your life and relationships and how you see the world around you.

Imagine if that were reversed. Think of going through your day feeling positive, encouraged and ready to face anything.… 

You feel confident that you can tackle any problem that comes your way.

You recognize how far you've come.

You celebrate all the steps you've taken to get you where you are – no matter how big or small.

You're grateful for just being you!

Being kind to yourself and appreciating who you are doesn't have to be complicated or overly involved. Often, all it takes are a few simple practices to get you feeling more love towards yourself. Here are a couple of ideas to get you started:

1.  Redesign Your Self-Care Routine

When you think of self-care, what comes to mind? Is it a luxurious, hot bath? Or an evening alone, relaxing on the couch? Maybe some extra sleep or meditation?

These are wonderful ways to indulge and care for yourself, but if you leave it at hot baths or massages, you’re missing out.

A lot of times, we limit our self-care to taking care of our physical bodies and reducing stress. But you may want to consider building in a few more intentional self-affirming practices into your daily routine. Here's how that can look:

  • Celebrate something you accomplished or how you handled a tense situation.
  • Accept genuine compliments and appreciate them when they come your way.
  • Cultivate a kinder heart by helping others.
  • Thank those around you, and be willing to go the extra mile.
  • Reflect on what you’re grateful for in your life.
  • Listen to a podcast that’s encouraging and uplifting.

The next time you're preparing for some downtime, look for ways you can weave in some of these acts of appreciation.

2. Check Your Mental Feedback

For many, the biggest battle is what's going on inside our heads. The regular chatter that runs through our minds has a significant impact on how we view ourselves. It helps to take a quick look inside to see what’s going on between your ears.

If you’re finding it’s more negative than positive, here are five affirmations, or mantras, to help quiet the negative and reinforce your positive inner voice:

  1. I know who I am – and I am enough.
  2. I choose to fill my life with gratitude and goodness.
  3. I am confident, strong, and loved.
  4. I welcome challenges and know I can overcome them.
  5. I am fully present in all I do.

How you talk to yourself will shape your reality. Using affirmations or mantras, like the ones above, help us to rewire our brains and create new thought patterns that are far more beneficial. The results? A calmer, more confident, positive you.

Pro tip: Sometimes it can be easy to forget and slip back into your old ways of thinking. Consider jotting down a few positive affirmations about yourself. Put them on sticky notes on your bathroom window or as the background on your phone. And then repeat them as often as necessary until they become habit!

Lavish Yourself With Gratitude and Appreciation

The voice inside your head has a significant impact on how you live your life and how you view yourself. With a little practice, you can start changing what your inner voice says about you.

The key is to make these self-affirmations a regular part of your daily routine – and stick with them. Whether it's part of your ongoing self-care routine or a post-it note on your wall, commit to taking steps to appreciate yourself more. It may feel weird at first, but before long, thinking positively about yourself will feel like second nature.

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I have had Parkinson's Disease for 8 years.  I have developed arthritis in my back and hips. The stiffness of the Parkinson's and the arthritis has caused me a lot of pain. Because of that unrelenting pain I was unable to exercise. Exercise is an important part of pain management for Parkinson's.  Since I have been seeing Dr. Krapf I am feeling much better and his care has allowed me to begin exercising again, which has improved my overall well being. In the past I have been treated by physical therapists and orthopedists. Dr. Krapf's chiropractic manipulations have had an amazing impact on my health and happiness. I highly recommend Dr. Krapf to anyone who needs excellent chiropractic care and the many alternative therapies he offers. I would say he is magical!

When my friend received excellent care from Dr. Krapf, she recommended him to me. I have had gastrointestinal problems for nearly 50 years that have recently been diagnosed with celiac disease with lactose intolerance. All that, including unrelieved stress had made me unhappy and unhealthy. Today I am a different person with the help of Dr. Greg. The Gastro issues are practically nonexistent, my stress levels have plummeted, and my body is changing. I am so grateful for Dr. Greg and his healing hands.

Mary Ann L.

Our family have been patients of Krapf chiropractic for a few decades. We have several success stories archived. The most recent event involves our youngest son who is completing his senior year of high school. He has been a patient of Krapf Chiropractic (KCA) since birth. He has been an avid soccer player since the age of four and has sustained numerous injuries over the years. Dr. Krapf has successfully assisted in every recovery.

Most recently, he began complaining of his feet hurting while playing soccer. Both feet hurt - particularly the balls of his feet while running and cutting. He came to Dr. Greg with his complaint as this was seriously affecting his game. Dr. Greg evaluated the situation and decided a foot scan should be done. The finding was dropped arches. My son was fitted for orthotics. They arrived within days and he wore these as directed. Within a few short weeks he is now playing full games pain free.


I first called Krapf Chiropractic when my back was so bad that I couldn't get up off the floor. It's been a blessing to have Dr. Greg help me with my overall wellness and health! I find this to be a place where you are not a number and everyone cares. Mollie is always cheerful and reminds me to come. Erin is always smiling and helps relax me when I'm in pain. I would not be functioning if I did not have Krapf Chiropractic to keep me going. As I get older my appreciation deepens, especially when I see people around me who are suffering with back problems. If they only knew how helpful this is. I believe Dr. Greg treats the person not the symptoms. Thank you

Debbie B.

I've been lucky to have exceptional health care from the beginning. At the beginning, seventy-six-plus years ago, Hugh Rodgers brought me into the world in mother and dad's second-floor bedroom in our dairy farm home. Hugh's son, Hugh, Jr., practiced with his dad and beyond caring for my parents, he, also, cared for hundreds of others and me. Roughly forty years ago, a friend suggested I make an appointment with Richard Krapf for help with back-pain. Richard treated the pain that, often, was debilitating, and on Richard's death, his son, Greg became the second second generation to help me from one place to another. I'm grateful to Hugh, Hugh, Richard and, perhaps, most of all, to Greg.


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