A healthy self-esteem is described as a positive attitude towards yourself. It includes an appreciative, realistic, and balanced view of yourself.
It's normal to sometimes be critical of yourself and engage in negative thinking about your abilities from time to time. We all do that; but when you tend to see yourself as incompetent, unworthy or inadequate for most of the time, your self-criticism becomes a low self-esteem issue.
If you want to feel good about yourself, you need to nourish your confidence. Mental health professionals have found that mindfulness exercises can help you overcome low self-esteem. Mindfulness trains your mind to observe your feelings and thoughts as they appear, without reacting to them. In order to build your self-respect, you need to be willing to turn toward and acknowledge your negative emotions.
Practicing mindfulness allows you to feel the way you are feeling instead of avoiding these thoughts and feelings altogether. If you learn to acknowledge your feelings and allow yourself to feel that way in the moment, it is more likely for those feelings to settle down and pass.
Focusing on your breathing and calming your mind and body for a few moments every day should help you will feel more relaxed. When you find yourself starting the usual self-criticism routine, acknowledge what is happening and remind yourself that those are just your thoughts, not facts.
Mindfulness Techniques for Boosting Confidence
You need to keep in mind that, no matter how self-critical or self-depreciating you might feel, building self-assurance is a matter of choice. Boosting your self-confidence with mindful meditation can be done through these four techniques:
Visualization is a powerful tool of constructing an image of yourself as you want to be, within your mind. Visualizing a positive version of yourself can increase your motivation, activate your subconscious and induce the law of attraction.
2. Focusing on the things you are good at
People who lack confidence tend to focus on their mistakes. Try reframing your mind around the things you are doing right instead of thinking of the things you didn’t accomplish.
3. Exploring your inner world
Mindfulness allows you to become self-aware of your thoughts and how they impact your feelings and behavior. Consequently, this enables you to reduce your insecurity and negative thoughts.
4. Recognizing and changing negative thoughts
Negative thoughts generate an insecure and anxious mindset. Using principles of cognitive behavioral therapy for recognizing and correcting dysfunctional thoughts, you can help yourself reduce anxiety and boost self-esteem.
Mindfulness has proved to be effective in both reducing anxiety and improving self-confidence. Try mindfulness techniques and make them part of your everyday routine. Then see what happens.
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