Saturday, May 5, 2012
#1: Self-doubt is sometimes a reflexive self-defense mechanism that your brain uses when it feels vulnerable.It's less about actually doubting yourself and more about the fear of change and moving forward. While it's natural to have the urge to stay safe, staying safe sometimes contraindicates well-being.
#2: Doubt the doubt.Deepak Chopra said that first, but it's worth repeating.
#3: Kick something.Doubt is liable to make you feel powerless, so you might as well bully the furniture.
#4: Call a person who values you and ask them to tell you why you're great.They will tell you things that surprise you and give you new reasons to doubt the doubt.
#5: Think about that time you loved something really well, be it a person, a cat, or a favourite blanket you carried with you until it fell apart.Don't think about how that love began or ended. Just sit with that feeling you had in the middle of the story, because that's when the power you have inside you was able to really come out. You can do that.
#6: Keep carrot sticks handy or other good food that your mouth really has to work at to eat.That will give you something healthy to do while you grind your teeth.
#7: Go for a walk with a checklist of things to notice. Treat it like a treasure hunt.This will help your brain break the cycle you've looped into and move you on to other thoughts.
#8: Don't let those people who tell you to love yourself and your body make you feel like you're doing it wrong if you don't.Loving yourself in the way you might love something external to you probably involves a pathological level of dissociation that is both a) unsustainable and