Yesterday a friend asked me a question: How does one build self-worth?

I had to give it some serious thought before coming up with an answer, as I couldn’t recall ever being asked such a question before.

Here’s what I think is the answer to his question:

  1. Practice self-compassion: Be kind to yourself and practice self-care. Recognise that you are not perfect and that it is okay to make mistakes. Forgive yourself more often
  2. Identify and challenge negative self-talk: Notice when you are speaking negatively to yourself, and try to reframe those thoughts in a positive way. For example, instead of thinking “I can’t do this,” try “I may not know how to do this yet, but I am capable of learning.”
  3. Set goals and work towards them: Setting achievable goals and working towards them can help you feel more confident and accomplished. I find that always achieving goals [however small, always boost your self-worth
  4. Develop a positive self-image: Focus on your strengths and talents, and celebrate your accomplishments. Focus on doing things that you are good at.
  5. Surround yourself with positive influences: Spend time with people who uplift and support you, and avoid people who bring you down. You are the sum total of the people you hang around with
  6. Practice self-reflection: Take time to reflect on your values and priorities, and make sure that your actions are aligned with them. I do meditation in the morning and it helps me to control my emotions.
  7. Read and write a lot [personally and blogging]: I read a lot, and books give me a perspective on life. I realise that not everyone is inclined towards books. Blogging keeps me sane, writing is therapy.
  8. Spirituality: God is a BIG deal for me, prayer saved my life and continues to save my life even now

What I leaving behind, please feel free to add in the comment section below.

Ps: Thanks for the question Nims 🙂

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