Do you ever have doubts about your decisions or actions? If so, it’s completely natural to feel it from time to time. However, prolonged self-doubt can stall your personal growth and can lead to low self-esteem.
Self-doubt typically stems from consistent criticism that you either receive from others or give to yourself. This negative talk turns into your inner monologue. You begin to embody this monologue and believe you are not good enough. Intense self-doubt leads to low self-worth, lack of motivation, and low confidence. Keep reading for some tips to begin to move away from self-doubt.
Find Inner Validation
Self-doubt thrives on lack of validation, and if we are relying on others for validation, we will never feel fully validated. Instead, remember your beliefs, values, and strengths. Find your inner worth that is rooted in what is important to you. Improving your relationship with yourself is the first step you can take to decrease feelings of self-doubt.
Remember Your Achievements
Taking time to remember your accomplishments can also decrease feelings of self-doubt. When you catch yourself criticizing yourself, remember your previous successes. It can be challenging to change the narrative in your head, but remembering what you have gone through and accomplished in your life will motivate you to keep going.
Limit Your Time on Social Media
Social media can be a great tool to connect people. It can also lead to feelings of worthlessness if you use it to compare yourself to others. Remember that social media is a highlight reel of someone’s life. It's not reality. Everyone has bad days, but almost no one shares them on social media. When you are struggling with self-doubt, going onto social media can make it worse, because you are exposing yourself to the best parts of other people’s lives while you are experiencing a challenging spot in yours.
Self-doubt happens to everyone, but the good news is that there are ways to manage and cope with it. Overcoming self-doubt is a difficult journey, but one that is so worth it to change your mindset and beliefs about yourself.
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