Self-Worth

So many clients share a narrative with me focused on low self-esteem. I hear of lifelong challenges with self-esteem; periods of time during which clients have difficulty liking themselves; and a lot of uncertainty related to cultivating self-esteem. I think all of us can conjure up times when our self-esteem felt at an all time low.

Self-esteem, self-worth, acceptance… these concepts often are used interchangeably. So, what is the difference? And how do we get those things?

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Accepting Yourself

Last blog I focused on how we can practice acceptance of others, even when (or maybe especially when) there are parts of that person that we hope would be different or change. This week I want to take that same idea and turn it inwards. How are you engaging with yourself on a regular basis and, maybe more importantly, during times when your imperfections or shortcomings seem to be front and center?

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Accepting Others as They Are

I'll be the first to admit, there are people in my life that I wish were different. I might want them to act differently, see the world differently, understand me or others differently, treat themselves differently. I might want them to make changes that, from my outside perspective, I believe will help them lead a happier and more fulfilling life. Take a moment to think about the people (or situations, or aspects of yourself) that you would like to be different.

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Our Inner Selves

"Who am I?"- there's a complex question if there ever was one! You might find yourself sitting with this question after a significant life change, stressor, or accomplishment. You may revisit this question only to discover the answer is one so different from when you last asked it. You might discover that the answer can be felt in your mind, body, and soul, but that you are at a loss when you attempt to put it into words. 

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