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PRACTICAL STEPS TO AVOID LOW SELF-ESTEEM (2)

SPEAK TO YOURSELF THE WAY YOU WOULD SPEAK TO SOMEONE YOU LOVE.

Do you look in the mirror sometimes and talk to yourself? Or When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Do you see all the things that are “wrong” with you or do you see all the things that you should be proud of? Below are some people’s responses when I asked them these questions.

“When I look in the mirror, the things I say are usually Bible affirmations like God’s promises over my life. The freshness of the dew of heaven is upon me; I grow in grace, knowledge and counsel of the Almighty. My days are blessed and I stand strong, I’m full of love and I relate with others with love. After saying these, I feel that courage and confidence I require for the next stage.”

“When I look in the mirror, I’d say, “You’ll be fine soon. You’re looking good. I say these to myself when I need to hear kind words from myself. After that, I’d feel fine, good, bold, and confident. “

“I look at myself in the mirror regularly 😊. Whenever I am hurt, sad, heavy, nervous, tensed, sick, demoralised, discouraged, happy, angry etc., I usually feel relieved after talking to myself in the mirror. Afterwards, I feel a bit encouraged, not like it’s magical, but there’s that feeling somewhere inside that is no longer as gloomy as before.”

“I usually talk to myself in the mirror randomly. Sometimes when I have a challenge or in a difficult situation, I just look at myself in the mirror and imagine how blessed I am. Sometimes what I say is scriptural, but I reassure myself that all is well and God got my back. I also call my name and say, ‘you’re a great guy! Believe in yourself! Etc.'”

“I say things like; ‘you need to set aside these distractions and stay focused… Do you want to be happy? Yes. If so, put conscious efforts into being happy’. Afterwards, I always get the best feeling, You know that feeling you get when you just finished eating your favourite meal… That satisfaction… “

“I don’t always have a mirror in my room but in my bathroom 🙂, when I look in the mirror, I tell myself that this will pass, because everything in life is temporary, even the life we are living is temporary. There was a time I lost my admission and some other things. Honestly, it wasn’t funny because it all happened at the same time, but I stood in front of my mirror and told myself this too shall pass😊. Talking to myself in front of a mirror is a power tool, it makes me feel better afterwards.”

“I look in the mirror when I have a bad day and I speak to myself, assuring myself tomorrow is another day to start again. Sometimes, I just stare at myself in the mirror and cry. Afterwards, I feel better. “

“I look in the mirror when in self-doubt and say to myself “You’re worth it, you can do this, it doesn’t matter how long you get there, just keep trying.” Also, when happy: ‘You’re worth it. You’re beautiful, you’re not who they say you are; you’re what you know you’re, I’m worth it.”

“When I look at myself in the mirror, I’d say ”Hey! You will be great, you will see money; you will get it and it will serve you. Nothing will fail in your hands”. Afterwards, I feel good and positive.”

Go to the mirror and look at yourself; tell yourself what you like about you. Say it aloud while you stare at your image in the mirror. Do not listen to your inner critic; believe in the affirmations you tell yourself. (I know it seems like a weird thing to do, but it’s not.)

Louise Hay once said, “The most powerful affirmations are those you say out loud when you are in front of your mirror”. Why? Because the mirror reflects to you the feelings you have about yourself. It makes you immediately aware of where you are resisting and where you are open and flowing. It shows you what thoughts you will need to change if you want to have a joyous, fulfilling life. As you learn to mirror work, you will become much more aware of the words you say and the things you do. You will learn to take care of yourself on a deeper level than you have done before.When something good happens in your life, you can go to the mirror and say, “Thank you, thank you. That’s terrific! Thank you for doing this”. If something bad happens to you, you can go to the mirror and say, “Okay, I love you. This thing that just happened will pass, but I love you, and that’s forever”. For most of us, sitting in front of a mirror and facing ourselves is difficult at first, so we call this process mirror work, but as you continue, you become less self-critical, and the work turns into mirror play. Soon your mirror becomes your companion, a dear friend instead of an enemy.

(Do you practice ‘mirror talk’? What are the things you say and hope you feel better afterwards? You can share your experience here.) ❤

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