“Never forget that once upon a time, in an unguarded moment, you recognized yourself as a friend.”
The dictionary defines self-worth as “the sense of one’s own value or worth as a person.”
So how can we improve our self worth? The first step to building self worth is to stop comparing our self to others and evaluating our every move; in other words, we need to challenge our critical inner voice. The critical inner voice that constantly nags us with destructive thoughts towards ourselves or others. This internalised dialogue of critical thoughts undermines our sense of self worth and even leads to self-destructive behaviours, which make us feel even worse about ourselves.
A true sense of self worth can also be improved by practicing self compassion. By being open, accepting and loving toward yourself and your experiences rather than being self critical.
Add more meaning to your life, by taking part in activities that you feel are important, is another great way to build self worth. Helping others, for example, offers a huge boost to your sense of self worth. Generosity is good for you, both physically and mentally, and studies now show that volunteering has a very positive affect on how people feel about themselves.
Acting on principles in ways that you respect, is another important quality to foster as you develop a higher level of self worth. When our actions do not match our words, we are more vulnerable to attacks from our critical inner voice and less likely to respect ourselves.
By challenging your critical inner voice and stopping comparing yourself to others, you can begin to get a feeling for your own self worth. By pursuing activities that are meaningful to you and acting in line with your own personal beliefs, you can develop your sense of yourself as a worthwhile person in the world even further.
“You can be the most beautiful person in the world and everybody sees light and rainbows when they look at you, but if you yourself don’t know it, all of that doesn’t even matter. Every second that you spend on doubting your worth, every moment that you use to criticize yourself; is a second of your life wasted, is a moment of your life thrown away. It’s not like you have forever, so don’t waste any of your seconds, don’t throw even one of your moments away.”
C. JoyBell C.