Methods for Developing a Better Sense of Self
Many people today feel lost. They don’t understand what their purpose is in the world. They don’t even really know who they are or who they’re supposed to be.
This feeling can lead to serious problems over time. This is part of the reason why over 18 percent of the adult population suffers from anxiety disorders. Issues like anxiety and depression can even take a physical toll on your body.
However, it doesn’t have to be this way. There are strategies you can use to improve your self-image, self-esteem, and sense of identity. Doing so can make you a more confident and well-adjusted person in nearly any context.
Below are some tips that can help.
Choose a Long Term Career
One of the things that help guide people through life is certainly a career. Unless you are independently wealthy, it is probably in fact required that you work to survive. The dignity of work is important to most people’s sense of self and sense of accomplishment.
However, you should be careful about the career you choose to pursue. 85 percent of people hate their jobs. To not become part of this statistic, you need to choose a career path you actually do enjoy. Consider what your true passions are.
Focus on Family Relationships
While the individual is certainly important, as the saying goes, no man is an island. For most people, they develop their sense of self in the context of relationships with others. While many relationships are important in life, there are probably no relationships more important than those with your own family members.
Try to spend quality time with your family members to develop and strengthen those bonds. This is especially the case for nuclear family members.
You may also want to start your own family. Nothing can be more rewarding than the relationships that exist between spouses and parents and children. In fact, statistics show that families with multiple children are happier.
Develop Your Spirituality
Most people concede that you need to believe in something to find meaning in life as well as your purpose. The way the majority of people find something to believe is through organized religion.
Religion cannot only give you something to believe in, but it can also give you a strong sense of community. Even if you don’t subscribe to organized religion, developing your spiritual side can go a long way towards improving your sense of self.
Keep Trying to Improve Your Body and Mind
Focusing on improving your body and mind can also help you improve your self-esteem and self-image. This can include furthering your education. It can include exercise and playing sports.
You may even benefit from supplements like Le-Vel Thrive designed specifically to improve a person’s mental and physical capabilities.
Having a strong sense of self is important to be happy and well adjusted. Just because you don’t have that now does not mean that will always be the case.
Doing things like pursuing a career, spending time with your family, attending church or playing sports can go a long way toward helping to improve your self-esteem.
Identity Magazine is all about guiding women to discover their powers of Self-Acceptance, Appreciation, and Personal Achievement.
We ask that every contributor and expert answer the Identity questions in keeping with our theme. Their answers can be random and in the moment or they can be aligned with the current article they have written. In that way, and as a team, we hope to encourage and motivate each other, thus inspiring you to Get All A’s.
1. What have you accepted within your life, physically and/or mentally? Additionally, what are you still working on accepting? Now, we’re not talking about resignation, rather stepping into, embraced, and owned.
I have accepted that I will never find perfect balance at as a mom, and no matter how others perceive me as a working mom, both being a mom and a professional help me to progress as a woman.
2. Appreciation is everything. What have you learned to appreciate about yourself and/or within your life, physically and mentally? On the other hand OR in contrast, are there elements of who you are that you’re still working on appreciating?
I’m grateful for the resilience that my trials have instilled in me. As hard as my trials have been they have helped me empathize with others more and to become a better person.
3. Share with us one of your most rewarding achievements in life? Tell us not only what makes YOU most proud but also share the goals and dreams that you still have.
Becoming a mother and feeling the love of my children has been the most rewarding experience of my life. That love coupled with a desire to maintain their love and respect is one of my biggest motivators in life.