The Positive Influence of Mindfulness on Self-Esteem.

Monthly Mindful Well-Being Sessions are now on at Active Mind Body, Caringbah

“No one ever finishes their inner work because the mystery is bottomless.” -Steven Kessler

Self-esteem is a sense of your self-worth. It’s the attitude that you have towards yourself.

Mindfulness is a way of being aware of the present (moment to moment), with an attitude of openness, curiosity and non-judgment.

Researchers have found that high self-worth can be influenced by what you do and don’t do. You need to strive to be mindful and using your thoughts and behaviour to:
• Prevent self-defeating thoughts from arising
• Eliminate self-defeating thoughts that do arise
• Bring up esteem building thoughts when they’re not presently in mind
• Maintain esteem building thoughts that are currently in mind

In this Mindful Well-Being session, you will learn the seven steps to utilise mindfulness for self-esteem:

  • Stay in the present moment

The majority of your distressful feelings are either memories of things gone wrong or thoughts of a less than optimal future. You must stay vigilant and observe when your mind isn’t focused on the present. When you notice your awareness drifting, bring it back to the here and now.

  • Don’t judge

Judging can become a formidable unconscious habit. Your mind slips out of the present moment and it makes you vulnerable to ruminating about the past and future.

  • Stand tall

Research has shown that standing with good posture can have beneficial effects on your mood and outlook.

  • Demand your space

People with low self-esteem prefer to not be noticed. Whereas people with high self-worth stand out. One of the ways they do this is by taking up space physically and you will learn simple techniques to do this in any situation.

  • Make faces

Quite simply, the look you hold on your face often influences your mood. Your aim is to have the look of a confident winner.

  • Relax

Relaxation techniques help to alleviate the effects of the ‘fight or flight’ or ‘freeze’ response. Being in a relaxed state will not build confidence directly, but it can help to relieve anxiety and other adverse moods.

  • Act as if

This step includes bringing all the other steps together. Imagine being a method actor and embodying all these realities.

Know that if you want moderate gains in your self-esteem, you need to be mindful of the steps you take to move through life. Your limits are only set by the limits of your mindset and this creates your reality and perspective.

Sat Nam

Much Love xx

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