Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.
~Malcolm S. Forbes
Do the following beliefs sound familiar?
You might be consistently hard on yourself or bounce back and forth between confidence and self-criticism.
We are all susceptible to this kind of thinking.
When we feel challenged or stressed we might reach for control or perfectionism as a way to cope. This is often accompanied by self-criticism, stress and more pressure. Staying busy and being tough on our self can escalate from a coping strategy to a habit and way of life. We may feel uncomfortable, nervous, or ashamed if we slow down.
You are what you think.
We have 1000s of thoughts a day and so often they are the same thoughts on repeat, like a broken record. They can easily become harsh, critical or negative. The way we think about our self, talk to our self and treat our self can have a powerful effect on your life, for better or worse. If we think things are possible then we try. If we think highly of ourselves then we treat ourselves well and build relationships with others who treat us well also.
"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. " - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Strengthen your connection with your self and you can strengthen your connection with:
I invite you to consider these questions:
It is possible to change your relationship with your self. You can grow, succeed and connect with those important to you while being supportive and kind toward yourself.
I am excited to share information and inspiration with you!
Go Friend Your Self!
with Dr. Baker
An invitation for you:
1. Think of the one person you are closest to.
2. Think about a current stressor or challenge in your own life.
3. What would you tell the person you thought of in #1 if they were facing this issue?
4. Practice saying this to yourself when you think about it this week.
5. Feel free to share your experience with the community in the comments section.
Dr. Baker has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. She moved over 20 times by the time she was 13. She studied and adapted to her environments and wore many masks to fit in until she learned how to thrive by owning who she was and showing her real self to the world. She hopes to inspire and inform others as they own and embrace who they are. Go friend your self!