10 Ways to Better Self-worth

8 Apr

It’s funny how we let what other people say about us effect how we view ourselves, even if we believe we held little regard for that person’s opinion. When someone challenges my sense of self-worth, it  shakes and cracks my entire foundation, making it easier and easier to break each time.

When we’re so sensitive to jolts and bumps of the negative surmises of others, it becomes necessary to learn how to build back up a strong foundation. Like a broken bone, a damaged self-worth can grow back stronger than it was to start with.

Here are 10 things I’ve learned help build back up a strong foundation.

  1. Music and Art – music has a profound effect on the soul. If you don’t believe this, listen to this playlist for 20 minutes and tell me if you don’t feel so much better. Make your own playlist that has songs with personal meaning to you that build up your mood. Better yet, get to a piano or guitar and play your heart out. Art can take many forms. Watch an uplifting movie, read good poetry, go to an art museum, paint a picture. This is food for the soul.
  2. Keep a journal – “I always say, keep a diary and someday it’ll keep  you” – Mae West
  3. Read scriptures and pray – Does this need more explanation?
  4. Go to the temple – This brings miracles. I’ve never gone to the temple and not come out feeling incredible peace and love.
  5. Heed the advice of those who know – Make a book of inspiring quotes. There are so many on the internet. Memorize them. Take them into your heart.
  6. Hit the gym – consistently. It’s incredible the effect a healthy body can have on your emotions and mind. This cannot be overstated. Yoga is especially great for maintaining spiritual balance. If you can’t afford a class, there are plenty of videos on Youtube or you can check out a book from the library for free.
  7. Set goals – “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them” – Walt Disney. It’s true – you can do anything you set your mind to. Make a list of your goals and find pictures that correspond. Glue them to a poster, inside your journal, on a piece of paper that fits in your wallet, anything you know you’ll look at every day. Make a plan. Just go for it! Nothing is impossible.  
  8.  Do something for someone else – get your mind off of your own problems and help someone else with theirs. Listen to a friend, tend somebody’s kids, deliver a special treat to a neighbor…you’ll find that you’re really the one who benefits.
  9. Visit mother nature –  pack a picnic and go for a hike or a walk where you can be alone, surrounded by nature. Focus on the beauty and enjoy the solitude. Think about your problems and try to put them in perspective.
  10. Talk to a friend – If there’s someone you trust and you know cares about you, ask if they don’t mind listening. Of course, be the kind of friend who will be there for others when they need someone to listen as well.

© Robyne Gallacher


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