How to Stop Constantly Comparing Yourself to Others

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You might be wondering if you constantly compare yourself to others. This pointless exercise is actually a self-sabotaging habit. To stop comparing yourself to others, the first step is to recognize that you do it. Once you recognize that you do it, the next step is to change your behavior. Listed below are some tips to help you change your way of thinking about others. Also, if you find yourself constantly comparing yourself to others, you might want to consider taking the time to learn more about self-compassion.


Triggers
Are you constantly comparing yourself to others? If you find yourself doing this, there are a few ways to counter this habit. First, unfollow accounts that make you feel jealous of other people. Second, turn off your phone after a certain time. Finally, stop responding to every message you get. Ask yourself, can I spend this time in a more productive way? Is it better to read a book or walk around the block instead of responding to every message that comes in? If not, consider calling a friend.

Effects
Social comparisons can have adverse effects on a person's self-esteem, self-confidence, and general happiness. Fortunately, there are ways to minimize this behavior. First, you should avoid any conversations with people who constantly judge and compare themselves. Try steering conversations to topics other than these, such as the weather, sports, or current events. Secondly, you should minimize the competitiveness in your life, such as comparing your body to that of others.

Prevention
The benefits of social comparisons are widely recognized. Social comparison has been proven to be an effective coping strategy for many people suffering from illnesses, including cancer, infertility, and cardiac disease. Researchers have also documented the benefits of social comparison in individuals who are coping with physical ailments such as arthritis. But why do some people feel a need to compare themselves to others in a negative way?

Self-compassion
One of the hallmarks of self-compassion is that it acknowledges the painful experiences that affect individuals as part of the common human experience. Although we all suffer from negative experiences, it can feel isolating to feel like we are alone in this world. Being aware that we are not alone can help to lessen that feeling of isolation and improve adaptive coping. Listed below are some of the most important characteristics of self-compassion:


Identifying unhealthy forms of social comparison
Social comparisons are often based on proximity to the standard, which can increase the tendency to compare ourselves to others in a negative way. For example, children in games of frog and toad are likely to tug at each other's lead if their opponent says they are the coolest person in the world. If they hear "rotten egg," they'll likely tug back.

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