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Self-Sabotage: Why Alcoholics Do It

Self-Sabotage: Why Alcoholics Do It

Self-sabotage is essentially when someone tries to evade negative feelings and consequently creates more problems in his or her life (Ways to Avoid Negative Coping Skills). Alcoholics commonly sabotage their relationships, sobriety, and career as they try to avoid feelings they often buried with alcohol. Most of the time, they are not even conscious that they are sabotaging themselves, unless it is pointed out to them. For this reason, it’s important for alcoholics, and their support network alike, to understand why incidents of alcoholism self-sabotage most often occur around a sobriety milestone or a significant life change.

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Practicing Self-Compassion Can Increase Self-Esteem

Practicing self-compassion can increase your self-esteem and health. Here are 10 ways to practice self-compassion today.

Practicing Self-Compassion Can Increase Self-Esteem

Practicing self-compassion can help you increase self-esteem, become more confident and less critical with yourself. Self-compassion is a positive self-view that involves relating to oneself with kindness and acceptance in times of difficulty, rather than criticizing, you look at your situation with compassion. Learn how to increase your self-esteem by practicing self-compassion.

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Healthy Self-Esteem Regardless of Employment Situation

Healthy Self-Esteem Regardless of Employment Situation

Having a healthy self-esteem can be challenging depending on your employment situation. Whether or not you’re employed, your occupation, and your income can affect self-esteem in a big way. Employment gives you a sense of purpose and meaning and it’s also a connection to other people and society. There are times when you might find yourself without work. You may be unemployed, have time off due to illness or injury, or be permanently unable to work. Alternatively you may be working but dissatisfied with your job. However you can maintain a healthy self-esteem regardless of your employment situation.

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Why Rejection Isn’t Real and Shouldn’t Harm Your Self-Esteem

If you have ever felt the pain of rejection, if so this helpful post is for you. Ready to feel confident instead of insecure? Read this.

Why Rejection Isn’t Real and Shouldn’t Harm Your Self-Esteem

I don’t believe in rejection, at least not anymore. I now think that rejection isn’t real and shouldn’t harm your self-esteem. Rejection is a false belief that makes you insecure. You may believe that if someone doesn’t accept you than you’ve been rejected. For some, it’s feeling like they don’t fit in with the norm or that they didn’t get the outcome they wanted in a situation. Either way rejection weights down your self-esteem and ability to feel confident in a profound way. The truth is, not being accepted or chosen, isn’t about you at all, it’s about the box you are trying to fit in. Rejection should really be called a blessing in disguise.

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Anorexia: A New Form of Control

Anorexia: A New Form of Control

I grew up in a household that threw around words like “accountability” and “free agency” right along with “dinner time” and “brush your teeth”. I was constantly told that I had the right to make my own decisions and my own mistakes. Because that was what God wanted; that was why I was alive — to make my own choices, be my own person and to ultimately end up dwelling in eternal, celestial bliss. Because that was the fine-print, the unspoken stipulations: they were the loop-holes. I could make my own elections – provided they were correct. I could be my own person — on the condition that I was the right one. And I could live however I wanted, as long as I followed all of the rules and abandoned my individual self confidence.

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Want Higher Self-Esteem? Stop Doing These 6 Things

Do you want higher self-esteem? Stop doing these 6 things that can lower your self-esteem and impact your confidence.

Want Higher Self-Esteem? Stop Doing These 6 Things

You want higher self-esteem, but can’t get there. Why? Unfortunately, we are creatures of habit. As humans, we resist change as it often brings up uncomfortable, anxious feelings. When we avoid changing our thoughts or habits (because let’s be honest, even the negative ones can be comfortable), nothing really changes and that includes your self-esteem. When you stop doing what your ego, or your fearful state mind tells you is “right” because it’s “safe,” you begin to gain power over your life, and develop higher self-esteem (What is Healthy Self-Esteem?).

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Gratitude and Feeling Better About Yourself

Gratitude and Feeling Better About Yourself

Having gratitude is a powerful way of making you feel better about yourself. Being thankful for all the good things helps you to focus on the positives and it puts you in a better frame of mind. It helps with your self-esteem, happiness and overall wellbeing.

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How To Stop Worrying About What Others Think

How To Stop Worrying About What Others Think

If you have low self-esteem, the chances are you worry too much about what others think. You probably place too much value on other people’s opinions and overestimate how much they actually care. It’s natural to care to some extent what others think, and it’s okay, to a point. It’s the excessive worry that’s the problem.

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Having Real Friends and Your Self-Esteem

Having quality friendships affects self-esteem in a big way. Find out how to make real friends.

Having Real Friends and Your Self-Esteem

Having quality friendships is important for your wellbeing and it affects self-esteem in a big way. The sad truth is that there are many people without real friends. They may not have any friends at all, or the friends they do have may be toxic. People without real friends are often judged harshly either by others or themselves. They may be seen as outcasts or they may be bullied. Internally, they may feel shame, loneliness or depression.

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Depression and Self-Esteem

Low self-esteem is often associated with depression. A low self-esteem can lead to depression and depression batters your self-esteem. Building self-esteem is important in the recovery from depression.

Depression and Self-Esteem

Low self-esteem is often associated with depression. A low self-esteem can lead to depression and depression batters your self-esteem. They feed each other. From personal experience, my self-esteem was lowest when I was depressed. I lacked confidence about myself and became very stuck in my situation. It’s a cycle that needs to be broken.

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