13 Jun Feeling Valued – Easy to follow tips to build your self-worth
All of us go on an emotional health journey throughout life. The ups and downs of life eventually can take its toll and usually there’s only one person who suffers the most – you.
We can lose sight of ourselves, and our purpose in life. It’s all too common to see people who forget their own strengths and the value they bring to others.
Real self-worth comes from a much deeper source within us. It comes from an inner acknowledgement that our pursuits are genuine and worthy, regardless of other people’s opinions.
Self-worth grows from a place of awareness and action. If you’ve lost sight of your value, let’s look at some ways to help build you back up.
What are some simple ways to help rebuild our self-worth?
- Be nice to yourself
Rediscover that little voice in your head that tells you how great you are doing, it’s way more powerful than you might think. Make an effort to be kind to yourself and, if you do slip up, try to challenge any negative thoughts. A good rule of thumb is to speak to yourself in the same way that you’d speak to your friends or family. This can be hard at first, but practice makes perfect.
- You do you
Comparing yourself to others is a sure-fire way to put yourself down. Try to focus on your own goals and achievements, rather than measuring them against someone else’s. Remember, everyone has their own lives and issues, you never truly know what is going on so why compare yourself?
- Let’s get physical
Exercise is a great way to increase motivation, practice setting goals and build confidence. Getting the body moving also helps the body to release endorphins, the feel-good hormones that boost our happiness and also helps our self-confidence.
- Perfection is not real
It’s important to challenge ourselves and to try and be the best version we can be; however we need to set goals that are achievable. You may not be able to lose 20kgs in 2 months, we might not be able to read a book a week….we sometimes struggle to get healthy food into our children. That’s fine – just re-assess the goals and try again. (Read about SMART goals as a good starting point.)
- Remember that everyone makes mistakes
You’ve got to make mistakes in order to learn and grow, so try not put yourself down for anything that goes wrong. If the world was perfect, we might all be millionaires on holiday! If you fail, that’s ok, learn to re-build and lift yourself up.