OK, we just discussed the first key to building high self-worth – a healthy inner dialogue.
The second key? Self-care.
Which means, doing healthy habits, like:
- Getting at least 8 hours sleep a night
- Doing some form of movement daily for at least 30 minutes, and working out at least 3x week
- Meditating daily (more on that in a bit)
- Eating vegetables daily
- Consistently drinking enough water to be hydrated (peeing clear)
- Seeing friendly humans face to face at least a few times a week
Self-care is absolutely essential to building high self worth, and here’s why:
Your brain runs on your body’s software.
Basically, your brain is like Windows. And your body is the computer.
If you’re taking care of yourself, it’s like your mind is running on a super-fast Macbook Pro.
If you’re not, it’s like your mind is running on a spyware infested 15-year-old Dell.
Moral of the story?
If you don’t take care of your body’s needs, you’re going to have a shitty mental experience.
Which will make it much harder to raise your self-worth.
Actions speak louder than words
Beyond fulfilling your biological needs, self-care also helps you directly build self-worth.
To explain why, let’s define what self worth really is.
Self-worth is whether or not you feel worthy of love.
When you have low self worth, you don’t feel worthy of love.
When you have high self worth, you DO feel worthy of love.
So, when you’re building self-worth, you’re basically convincing your Inner Critic that you’re worthy of being loved.
You need to convince yourself. Just like you would convince anyone else.
And what’s the best way to convince someone of something?
I’ll give you a hint:
Ever heard the expression “actions speak louder than words?”
It’s completely and utterly true.
So, instead of doing affirmations, or trying to “think positive”….
You need to directly GIVE yourself LOVE by consistently practicing healthy habits.
Then, your mind will have no choice but to acknowledge,
“Hey, there’s a lot of effort being spent here on me. I guess I’m worth something after all.”
So showing yourself love, through self-care habits, is the best way to conquer low self-worth.
And along the way, you’ll get super healthy, which is really good for your mental health.