Addictions and Your Self-Esteem. If you want to be able to win in your battle against addiction it is important that you work on your level of self-esteem. A lot of people addicted to drugs have low levels of self-esteem. In most cases that is what got them addicted to drugs in the first place.
This article will go over the important of having high self-esteem. We’ll also go over ways that you can build your self-esteem.
Keep in mind that high self-esteem is not a miracle cure for addiction. But It does make the process of battling an addiction much easier.
The Importance of Self-Esteem
Self-esteem is a very valuable weapon that can be used in your battle with addiction. It is extremely important that you have high levels of self-esteem. Feeling good about yourself is a sure way to keep you motivated to not use drugs. A lot of addicts have poor self-esteem and that is in fact why some of them became addicts in the first place. A person with low self-esteem is more likely to use drugs than someone who thinks highly of themselves.
The following are seven tips that can help you to build your self-esteem and make you feel better about yourself:
One good way to build your self-esteem is to give yourself challenges or tasks to complete. It is advised that you start small when doing this in order to ensure that you do not set yourself up for failure. Smaller challenges will be easier to accomplish and each time you accomplish something you will be building your self-esteem, no matter how small the accomplishment is. Of course, the bigger the accomplishment, the more self-esteem you will build. That is why once you are able tackle all of your simple challenges on a daily basis it is time to start making more complicated goals.
Visualize Having High Self-Esteem:
Visualization is a very powerful tool and can be very useful for building self-esteem. You surely understand that think and believe will eventually become true, whether it is positive or negative. That is why it is important to always think positively and visualize yourself as a person with high self-esteem. Try to spend at least ten minutes a few times a day visualizing yourself with high self-esteem and what your life would be like.
Think about how other people would perceive you and the impression you would leave with them. Think about how much better you would be able to socialize and interact with other people and how much easier and enjoyable life would be and most important of all think about how much easier it will be to stay away from drugs.
Face Your Fears:
Facing your fears is a great way to build your level of self-esteem. As with goals it is important that you start small with this process. You do not want to start with facing fear that are too large because this can actually be damaging to your emotional and mental health which would not be productive at all. Start with smaller fears and work your way up to larger ones.
Who knows, you may end up trying sky diving or some other exhilarating activity one day. If you can face your fears there is no reason why you will not be able to beat your addiction. Although it may seem crazy to do something like this to beat an addiction, it is effective.
Do Things You Are Good At:
Although it is important to challenge yourself with new things it is also important to do things that you are good at when you are trying to build your level of self-esteem and confidence. The more you do things you are good at the more you will feel better about yourself.
It will make you realize that you have talents and skills that are useful in life and that you can do more than just use drugs. You are a good person and you have a lot of potential you just need to discover it and unlock it from the cage that addiction trapped it in.
Do Not Compare Yourself to Others:
It can be easy to make a habit out of comparing yourself to other. Do not do this! Every person is different from one another and that is the way things are supposed to be. Can you imagine how boring the world would be if every person was the same as everyone else. You also must ignore the comments or judgments that others make about you.
Most of the people making negative comments feel poorly about their self and that is why they are trying to put you down. Understand that you are unique and that you are a good person and your level of self-esteem will rise in no time.
Affirmations are positive statements that a person makes about themselves on a regular basis throughout the day. In most cases, these affirmations are spoken out loud because they are more effective that way. Tell yourself that you are a good person and you do bring value to society.Do not tell yourself that you are addicted to drugs, tell yourself that you are going to beat your addiction.
Affirmations only take a couple of minutes to do and can be extremely beneficial if done in the proper way. The best part about them is that you do not have to do anything but talk to yourself. You may want to try looking yourself in the eye in a mirror while doing your affirmations because this makes the process a bit more effective.