When we are born, we are completely and unapologetically ourselves. We don’t worry about how we look and we don’t beat ourselves up for being in the occasional bad mood – we look at the world with curiosity and are just happy to be experiencing it.
As we grow older we get bombarded with messages that we’re not attractive enough, smart enough or funny enough. Soon enough we begin to believe these messages and some of us become trapped in a cycle of self-loathing.
If you find your confidence and self-esteem are lacking, you may find it useful to try the following practices:
Focus on the present
When an attack on self-loathing happens it often means you aren’t living in the present. You may be obsessing over something you’ve done or said in the past, or you may be worrying excessively about the future. When you bring yourself back to the present moment you can face your current experience without all that extra baggage.
Question your thoughts
Most of us accept our…