It’s completely normal to have moments where we doubt our judgement, abilities and qualities.
HOW TO OVERCOME:
SET YOURSELF A CHALLENGE
The challenge may be to have a “no alcohol” month or a super active weekend, a 48-hour social media blackout, dedicated time to a new or existing hobby, or to begin a new sleep schedule. Nothing gives us a boost like achieving something we previously felt was out of reach.
BE KIND TO YOURSELF
Our quality of life is significantly better when we’re mindful of our struggles and approach them with compassion and support, instead of harsh criticism. We’re human; we are imperfect, prone to making mistakes and encountering setbacks. Treat yourself the same way you would a friend, because you’re doing the best you can.
KILL NEGATIVE THOUGHTS
Each time you have a negative thought (“I’m not good enough”), counter it with several positive affirmations (“I am smart, I am capable, I am worthy”). Practice mindfulness to keep your perspective. It’ll help stop negative energy and “panic reactions” from overwhelming you and clouding your self-worth.
Chat to your loved ones, as most people struggle with some aspect of low self-confidence. As uncomfortable as it can be initially, it’s unlikely you’ll regret reaching out and having the conversation. Better yet, ask some loved ones to write you a hype message and save it for any time you need a boost.
GET OUTSIDE YOUR COMFORT ZONE
We can quickly become trapped by our comfort zones. Our default spaces provide a false sense of security – especially when they’re rooted in negativity. To create change you have to be willing to challenge yourself.
MAKE LIFE IMPROVEMENTS
Don’t overcomplicate it by assuming you have to include several, large-scale improvements every day to have better quality of life. It can be as simple as having technology black-out times, re-formatting and colour-coding your calendar or playing your favourite song every morning.