23 Best Ways To Show Up For Yourself (2024)

Do you feel disappointed, down, or depressed sometimes?

Do you struggle to get your things together?

Here are 23 powerful insights and ways to show up for yourself every day! These have the potential to change your life.

So buckle up….

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What does it mean to show up for yourself?

It means

  • valuing yourself,
  • setting boundaries,
  • making choices that support your goals and dreams,
  • caring for your well-being, and
  • standing up for yourself.

Why is showing up for yourself important?

It can greatly improve your self-confidence and

allow for healthier relationships, both personally and professionally.

If you start valuing yourself, you will see that others will do the same.

23 Best Ways To Show Up For Yourself

1. Allow Yourself To Be Down

Instead of pushing away negative feelings and emotions (most self-help advice does that!) embrace them. It totally human to feel bad or down sometimes. Enjoy some downtime and don’t try to get out of it as soon as possible.

Accept your emotions as important messengers for your needs. Maybe you did too much in the past and it’s time for a break. If you give yourself permission to do this, you are a huge step ahead in truly valuing yourself.

2. Getting In Touch With Your Emotions

Make contact with your emotions and allow them to be and process. Recognize:

  • I feel angry.
  • I feel sad.
  • I feel defeated.

Often there is a deeper layer underneath some emotions. Ask the question: Why do I feel angry? Maybe there is an underlying sadness?

This will help you to grow tremendously. At the moment when we accept emotions instead of trying to push them away, we loosen the grip that they can pass naturally.

3. Find Something That Gives You Meaning

Maybe it’s a passion, a project, or volunteering. Or all three! When we have something that gives us meaning and purpose, it can show up in all areas of our life-from relationships to careers.

4. Start With Small Steps & Goals

Break big goals down into small and achievable steps. This will show up for yourself by valuing your progress instead of waiting for the perfect moment or feeling like a failure if you don’t reach it all at once.

5. Value Yourself And Your Time More Effectively

Start saying no to things that don’t serve you and yes to what brings value to your life. This can be hard at first, but it will pay off over time.

Also, be careful of overcommitting and spreading yourself too thin. Remember to schedule in some “me time” for self-care.

6. Practice Self-Care

Self-care can show up in many forms, from getting enough sleep to taking a break from screens to exercising. It’s important to give your body the care it needs, which ultimately leads to showing up for yourself in all areas of your life. Our body is our physical vehicle. To fall short of caring about it will have devastating consequences in the future. Be aware of this and set the right priorities.

7. Set Boundaries

This can show up in various situations, from relationships to work environments. It’s important to stick to these boundaries and show yourself that you are worth advocating for. Stop caring about what others are thinking. With some practice and forward motion, you will feel good about it.

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8. Keep A Gratitude Journal

Write down things you are thankful for each day, big or small. This will make you happier over time by reframing your mindset to focus on the positives instead of negative thoughts.

9. Follow Your Intuition

If something doesn’t feel right, listen to your gut and stand up for what you believe in and what feels right to you.

10. Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone

Try new things and grow as a person. Even if it’s scary, it can show huge progress in valuing yourself. If you figure out how to challenge yourself consistently (every single day) you will thrive and have more energy and fun.

11. Surround Yourself With People Who Uplift And Support You

Surround yourself with people who support and uplift you, instead of bringing negativity into your life. Spend enough time with good friends that go the extra mile for you. This will make a huge difference and pays off in the long run. is a big deal for your personal growth.

12. Don’t Compare Yourself To Others

Comparison can lead to feeling inadequate and not valuing ourselves. Focus on your own journey and progress instead of the successes or failures of others.

13. Communicate Your Needs

In relationships and friendships, express your needs openly and honestly. This can prevent misunderstandings and show that you value your own needs.

14. Practice Mindfulness, Let Go Of The Past & Enjoy the Present Moment

The past is the past, and holding on to it can prevent growth. By practicing mindfulness, living in the present moment, and letting go of past mistakes or regrets you reduce stress.

15. Take Responsibility For Your Actions

Show up for yourself by taking ownership of your actions, instead of making excuses or blaming others. This can show growth and progress in valuing yourself.

16. Forgive Yourself & Others

Forgiveness can show up for ourselves by letting go of anger and hurt, and being able to move on from past events. It can also show up for others by not holding grudges and allowing them to grow as well.

17. Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For Help

Asking for help does not show weakness, but rather shows strength in valuing yourself enough to reach out and receive support. Family and friends usually enjoy helping and you make them feel good by asking for help.

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18. Set & Stick To Your Values

Determine what is important to you and show up for yourself by sticking to those values in all aspects of your life. Putting your values first will set a positive example for those around you.

19. Take Breaks & Set Work-Life Balance

The first step to showing up for yourself is taking breaks and setting boundaries between work and personal life. If you pursue this change in perspective, even if it goes against societal norms, you will prevent burnout.

20. Preserve Your Mental Health by Not Dwell On The Negative

Reframe negative thoughts and look at the positives. You never know what xxx can be good for… This is an essential self-care routine to master.

21. Practice Self-Love

Be kind to yourself and show up for yourself by being your own biggest supporter and believer. This is key for a strong mental health constitution. Notice and sense your emotional responses and feelings, take them seriously, and realize the underlying needs. This will change the world for you.

22. Follow Your Dreams & Goals

Show up for yourself by setting and working towards your dreams and goals, valuing yourself enough to make them a priority in your life.

Showing up for yourself can lead to happiness, growth, and progress in all aspects of your life.

23. Show Gratitude & Appreciation

Show up for yourself by expressing gratitude and appreciation for all that you have, including yourself. This can lead to a more positive mindset and show self-worth.

Remember to show up for yourself every day, valuing and believing in yourself. You are worth it.

Showing up for yourself means valuing, honoring, and taking actions that support your goals and dreams. It’s important because it allows you to be fully alive and to get what you truly want and deserve. To show up for yourself, start by recognizing your worth and setting boundaries.

Stop waiting! You are strong and capable of achieving your goals and dreams. It’s time to show up for them. 🙂 I hope my article helps you just do this.


How Can You Be There For Yourself?

Start by valuing yourself and setting boundaries in relationships and situations. Surround yourself with people who uplift you and don’t be afraid to ask for help.

How Can I Stand Up For Myself Everyday?

Set and stick to your values, communicate your needs, and practice self-love. Remind yourself every morning to take responsibility for your actions and forgive yourself and others.

How Can I Be More Confident And Stand Up For Myself?

The best way to boost your confidence is with positive self-talk. Finally, start to talk to yourself like you would to a dear friend of yours. It sounds simple but it needs practice. Start showing compassion for yourself, no matter what you do.

How To Show Up Every Day?

Make yourself a daily routine schedule and stick to it. After some time, it will become a habit for you to show up every day. Also, set goals and follow your dreams to motivate yourself.

How To Show Up Quotes

“Showing up is 80% of life.” – Woody Allen

“One can never show up too much and show up too often, because that’s where the magic happens.” – Oprah Winfrey

“Don’t show up and throw up, show up and throw down.” – Unknown

“Showing up is the most important thing in all of life. Showing up with a good attitude and showing up prepared to give your very best effort, that’s what it’s all about.” – Mike Krzyzewski

How To Show Up Books

Some popular books on showing up for yourself include

  • Brené Brown’s “Dare to Lead,”
  • Glennon Doyle’s “Untamed,”
  • Mel Robbins’ “The 5 Second Rule,” and
  • Gabrielle Bernstein’s “Judgment Detox.”

Each of these books offers advice and strategies for showing up for yourself and living authentically. Consider reading one or more of them to continue your personal growth journey.

How To Show Up Songs

Songs about showing up for yourself include

  • I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor,
  • “Stronger” by Kelly Clarkson,
  • “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten, and
  • “Girl On Fire” by Alicia Keys.

Consider listening to these songs for motivation and inspiration to show up for yourself.

About The Author

Bijan Kholghi is a certified life coach with the Milton Erickson Institute Heidelberg (Germany). He helps clients and couples reach breakthroughs in their lives by changing subconscious patterns. His solution-oriented approach is based on Systemic- and Hypnotherapy.