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How to Stop Feeling Unworthy and Start Building Self Belief

How to Stop Feeling Unworthy and Start Building Self Belief

Our judgmental thoughts of ourselves can really belittle our ability to feel worthy of love and affection from friends, family, and loved ones. In order to attain a certain persona, we sometimes act like someone else, rather than our authentic self. By having an image of perfection in our minds, we give into the voice that puts down the other sides of us. Feelings of worthiness and self-belief can drive addiction and mental health issues if we do not confront them head on.

Exposing Perfectionism

There are lots of ‘shoulds’ in perfectionism. I ‘should’ be able to do this, I ‘should’ be able to attain this. It becomes impossible to satisfy the ridiculous voices in our head which drive these issues. By the time you get done belittling yourself about what you should be doing, you have forgotten who you truly are and your personal purpose goes straight out the window.

Building Self Awareness

In the end, it is hard to take yourself seriously when you are cutting yourself down at every corner. You may think that you are one way when really you are another way. What you put into your head and heart are what you will believe. In order to change that around, you need to build self awareness. The result of awareness is that you feel better about yourself and focus on who you are, not who you think others want you to be. You can do this by:

  • Writing down all the ‘shoulds’ along with a list of why it doesn’t work
  • Keeping a journal to track your thoughts and feelings
  • Practicing mindfulness techniques
  • Doing yoga or another body practice that keeps you in your true body in the here and now
  • Being in community with others who support who you are, not who you should be

If you keep going on the downward spiral of trying to be someone you’re not, you will just continue to fall further downward. To effectively tackle this mindset, you need to focus on self care practices including awareness. Self awareness is something that must become a daily habit in order to stick. It is a practice that is like recovery from addiction, a journey that takes time and needs to happen regularly as life brings so many ups and downs. Positive coping strategies will help you feel better than focusing on the negative thoughts and patterns that got you stuck in the first place.

Let us help you with recovery from addiction by offering you a safe space to connect with yourself again. Maybe it has been a while, maybe it was just yesterday but we are here no matter where the journey of addiction recovery takes you. Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 866-294-9401