5 effective ways to overcome negative self-perception

By SSPDaily editionJan 7, 2024 10:56 AMLife
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Negative self-image and low self-esteem are a serious obstacle to personal and professional growth.

This condition usually occurs due to chronic lack of confidence in one's own abilities.

Health Shots, a website promoting a healthy lifestyle, writes that the cause of internal imbalance is high competition and psychological illiteracy of people who do not know how to manage themselves. To understand the problem, the journalists turned to Dr. Sonal Anand, a psychiatrist at Wockhardt Hospitals (Mira Road, Mumbai), for help.

Here's how the expert advised to get rid of negative thoughts and overly modest behavior

Give up negative perceptions

Every time you catch yourself thinking: "I'm not good enough for this" or "I can't do this," stop and replace them with more positive statements, such as: "I will do it", "I will succeed". This way, you will gradually build a positive self-image.

Set realistic goals

Setting overly ambitious goals that are not in line with your capabilities leads to failure, which increases feelings of inadequacy. Dr. Anand recommends: "Set realistic goals that are challenging but achievable. Record small victories along the way and recognize that failures have a right to exist."

Engage in self-analysis

Regular self-reflection is an effective way to understand the true causes of insecurity. Therefore, according to the expert, you need to spend more time assessing your feelings and looking for the reasons for unfavorable attitudes. Only by identifying and categorizing these triggers will you be able to work on eliminating and rethinking them.

Focus on internal progress and surround yourself with positive things

Improving your abilities and skills increases your self-esteem and makes you more self-sufficient.

In addition, your self-image is greatly influenced by the environment you are in. Therefore, Anand says, spend more time with people who support and encourage you. And vice versa, exclude people with toxic views of life from your social circle.

Love yourself

One of the key steps in the fight against self-humiliation is to practice self-compassion. Often, people who struggle with negative self-perception are overly self-critical and view their mistakes as unforgivable flaws. "Treating yourself with the same care and kindness as you would a friend is part of practicing self-compassion.

Acknowledge your mistakes, but also recognize your efforts and successes. This shift in perspective will help you get rid of the internal crisis and allow you to get out of the psychological dead end," Dr. Anand recommends.

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