Feeling Good About Yourself

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‘We have to learn to be our own best friends because we fall too easily into the trap of being our own worst enemies.’
Roderick Thorp

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When we feel good about ourselves, we have a positive outlook, and maintain an active involvement in life, resulting in us being more likely to be happy and healthy.

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Our emotional state can be affected by a lot of things, the environment we are in, the people we are with, the weather, the food we eat, how much sleep we have had, and so on. Feeling insecure, incapable and inadequate once in a while is part of being human, what matters is that we are able to make our self feel better again.
Here are some suggestions to help bolstering your feelings of self-worth;

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If you were asked to describe yourself, what would you say? What be the first adjectives that you would come out with? Experts say that a person’s self worth can be assessed by the first five words that he would use to answer this question. If you answer with negative adjectives, then you would need to redefine how you think about yourself. Instead of focusing on the shortfalls in your life, bring to mind things that make you special.

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As we go about our daily lives, we constantly think about and interpret every situation that we encounter. It is like we have this voice inside our head that talks us through everything. Psychologists call this inner voice ‘self-talk.’ How this inner voice talks to us is based on our values, beliefs and our conscious and subconscious thoughts. If your self-talk is mostly negative, you will have a very hard time feeling good about yourself.

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To correct negative self-talk, we need to learn to notice it as it happens, and consciously dispute and challenge these negative and irrational thoughts. Ask yourself questions like, ‘Are my thoughts factual?’, ‘Is this situation as bad as I am making out to be?’ or ‘What can I do that will help me solve the problem?’. Make it a point to conquer self-defeating thoughts with positive and realistic thinking.

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In a world where everyone and everything seems to be in a rush, most of us do not make ourselves a priority. Often we focus on catering to the needs of others and on being productive. Although it is good to take care of the people you love and fulfill our responsibilities at home and at work, we should not neglect our responsibility and obligation to our self.

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Make it a point that you give a certain amount of time each day for yourself to do things you love. Paying attention to yourself has been proven to improve self esteem and feelings of self worth.,,, Focus on ways to love, accept and feel good about yourself.

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“If you feel lost, disappointed, hesitant, or weak, return to yourself, to who you are, here and now and when you get there, you will discover yourself, like a lotus flower in full bloom, even in a muddy pond, beautiful and strong.”
Masaru Emoto

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