In a society full of criticism, judgment and unrealistic standards for both men and women - we must remember to check in with what we want for ourselves. We must nurture our minds, our self-respect, our self-esteem, and our self-love.
Often when people discuss these concepts, it is paired with “I don’t know where to start”. A good starting place is figuring out your triggers. Who makes you feel insecure? What doesn’t make you feel beautiful? Whose standards are you reporting to? These answers typically are social media, toxic relationships, trauma, and unrealistic expectations.
You’ve made it this far in life. You’ve overcome. So what’s still holding you back from being your true self? Your vibrant self? Your trauma, your feelings, your mental health is all valid - but at what point do we choose ourselves? In times like this, where panic is surrounding us, quarantine orders are in place, we are the one person we have. We have the time to reflect and grow and spend quality time with just ourselves and that is a beautiful thing in itself.
If you or someone you know is struggling with self-esteem or self-doubt and needs empowerment therapy, reach out to a counselor at Orlando Thrive Therapy today. To speak directly to the author of this article, contact mallory@firstname.lastname@example.org! Keep calm and remember to thrive on!
Heather Oller is a licensed Orlando therapist at Orlando Thrive Therapy, Coaching & Counseling who specializes in counseling Orlando couples, individuals, and families who are seeking changes in their lives. She has been a mental health professional for over 17 years and is a practicing Orlando counselor that specializes in conflict resolution for couples. You can contact her for an appointment or call 407-592-8997 for more information.