Your Self-worth & Self-image
Self-worth is an important part of a person’s wellbeing. It is essentially the manifestation of someone’s beliefs and feelings about oneself, so it should not be surprising that low self-worth would be associated with feelings of sadness, and even depression.“Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing.” ―
The relationship between low self-worth and depression is somewhat hard to pinpoint, especially on a case by case basis. Did the low self-worth cause depression or the other way around? Someone with low self-worth is certainly more likely to take words and actions negatively, and see them as verifications of their self-image. This could easily lead to worsening mood.
It is important to work to change negative perceptions of self-worth. After all, if you undervalue yourself, people will take advantage of you, and you will be less likely to take chances that could bring positive changes to your life. As the year closes, endeavor to see yourself in a new light for the year 2019!
- Write a list of at least ten positive things about yourself. Whether these things are about your physical appearance or personality, they do exist! Look back at the list from time to time, remind yourself that they are true.
- Keep a journal.Having your thoughts bottled up can be detrimental to your mood and self-image. Sometimes writing things out can help you make sense of events and see them more objectively. Be sure not to focus on the negative things, though. For every negative thing, be sure to write something positive, such as the health and presence of a loved one.
- Talk to yourself. At the start of your day, for example, look in the mirror and tell yourself positive things. Yes, it sounds cheesy, but this can be a powerful tool.
- Don’t neglect your passions. What is important to you? What do you enjoy doing? Whatever it is, invest your time and energy into it! Invest in yourself, because you are worth it! Look for new hobbies and passions, too. It might be easy to focus on school or work or responsibilities, but it is important to fill your life with things that you actually like.
- Rethink failure.We all fail at things in life. This doesn’t mean that we aren’t worthy. When you do fail, don’t dwell on it in a negative way. Instead, take it as a lesson: What did you do wrong? How will you improve on it next time? Don’t give up! Use the answers to these questions to try and try again!
- Seek support. Surround yourself with people who speak positively about you, and who celebrate (and invest in) your strengths. Don’t let anyone drag you down; such people do not belong in your life.
For the new year, seek to know and yourself: You are worthy, and deserve to be told this by yourself and those around you.