The Self-Esteem Journey
It can be emotionally draining and stressful when you are feeling not enough, not worthwhile, or often feeling you don't do things perfect. It could be stressful to have self-criticism, unhappiness about your worth, and pressure to be or do things perfect. You may already have accomplished many achievements but continue to feel it's not enough.
Life experiences can erode our sense of self-worth. Many times self-dislike contributes to anxiety, depression, drug use, stress, entering unhappy relationships, sensitivity, isolation, and distrust for others.
Confidence and self-esteem is an internal state about how we feel about ourselves. People with high confidence and healthy self-esteem have not necessarily achieved perfection. Instead, they are less critical of their mistakes and imperfections.
Do you live in Chicago and would like to improve your self-esteem and confidence. Achieving healthy self-esteem is attainable. I am doing a series focusing on different ways to improve self-esteem and confidence. Subscribe to my website below my picture to receive quizzes, blogs, and worksheets about self-esteem.
Let's start with a few ways to start - The Healthier Self-Esteem Journey.
Journal Your Thoughts:
What are your thoughts like? What do you say to yourself day-to-day? Often our "self-talk" is connected to our self-esteem. Take note of self-criticism thoughts, perfectionistic thoughts, or self-defeating thoughts. Thoughts are connected to our emotions and the actions we take.
Once you have gained awareness of your self-talk use this technique to address self-defeating or negative thoughts.
Develop a "Brag List":
Often we forget our accomplishments, our good qualities, and have more thoughts on our negative characteristics and mistakes. Develop a brag list, put it on your phone, your vision board, desktop, or your mirror to remind yourself of your amazing characteristics and achievements.