So what can I do to pull myself out of this funk? What kind of things can I do to rebuild my confidence? What kind of things do you do to make you feel really great about yourself?
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You don't. First, ditch the concepts of self-love and acceptance. They are cheesy convoluted nonsense. Don't get me wrong, it's important to have self-respect and self-awareness but these aren't those cornball terms used to illicit and evoke emotions.
Next, look in the mirror, but instead of trying to "see" something just take it in. There are flaws. There is beauty. It is all there. Think of it as looking at a tiny corner of a portrait instead of the whole picture, this is what happens when you look for something in the mirror and only find a something instead of taking in the glory of the whole image. It isn't so much "no one is perfect" or any cheese like that as it is a standard of wholeness. Your eyes may look horrible by themselves. However when combined with your smile there is something. Combined with your skin. Combined with your imperfections and your perfections. Is this not how moles work? Beauty marks? Imperfections and blemishes capitalized upon?
You come with plenty for free.
So instead of trying to get out of the funk, get in it, get deep in it, and reach the core. Get ugly with yourself and take note of the good, the bad, the ugly, of the wanted and unwanted, and then make a truce not to "Accept" but to realize, not to "love" but to respect. For if you are honest without boundaries to yourself and respect yourself enough to relish in that honesty you will grow.
Otherwise it's just all distractions. "Go find yourself" etc. You're right here. How far away from you did you plan to go?1