Building Up a Low Self-Esteem Can Ward Off Addiction
Addiction is a beast to battle, and requires a lifetime in recovery. The best, and probably easiest, way to beat addiction is to avoid getting mixed up with it in the first place. By building up your low self-esteem, you can in turn build your self-confidence and self-worth, helping you feel better about yourself overall. With a healthy sense of self-esteem, you are better armed to keep a habit from turning into an addiction.
How Addiction, Low Self-Esteem, Can Creep Up On You
Part of the reason you might start the ball rolling towards addiction is to cover up feelings that make you feel bad about yourself; feelings of shame, guilt, low self-worth and not being good enough are just a few examples. As the path towards addiction picks up steam, these feelings only worsen, except with the added burden of becoming an addict. In particular, having a low self-esteem is a big reason you might start using drugs and alcohol in the first place; then it becomes a big factor in why you continue using them.
Build Your Self-Esteem
In building your self-esteem, you also will build your self-confidence, which is key in giving you the fortitude to stave off addiction. There are many things you can do to build your self-esteem, such as:
- Thinking positively about yourself: We all have problems and things we would like to change about ourselves, but you deserve to feel good about yourself nonetheless. Try to focus daily on the positives in your life. Think of what you like about yourself that makes you uniquely you, and challenge any negative thoughts that you may have internalized about yourself.
- Practicing self-care: Make an effort to care for your appearance. Comb your hair, iron your clothes and pay attention to personal hygiene such as brushing your teeth every day and keeping your nails looking good.
- Changing your eating habits: Eat only when you are hungry and drink lots of water. Get plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables into your diet. Maintain your fighting weight. Don’t let boredom or sadness creep in, causing you to eat for comfort. You will only feel worse for doing it. By eating well, you will feel better about yourself and eating for reasons such as boredom or sadness will feel less necessary, or unnecessary altogether.
- Thinking about how you can make tomorrow a better day than today. Always look forward, towards a better tomorrow, even if you’ve had a great today.
- Getting some sleep: Sleep is one of the most self-restorative abilities we have. Developing a good sleeping pattern will help you feel well rested more than just once in a while, and more able to handle anything that may come your way.
- Doing something nice for someone: Offer to return someone’s shopping cart to the grocery store for them, volunteer at the local soup kitchen or pick a pretty flower and offer it to a stranger. You will feel the gratitude, even for the smallest acts of kindness and it will make you feel better about yourself.
All of this and more can combine to improve your self-esteem, which in turn improves your self-worth and self-confidence. When armed with such ordnance as those, it will be hard for addiction to make any inroads to your life.