Is Your Self-Worth Ruining Your Life


A Lack Of Self-Worth Affects Everything In Your Life

This is not a dramatic statement – this is the truth. Self-worth is an internal state that is derived from accepting and loving oneself, and it is what makes us feel OK no matter what other people are saying or doing. If you don’t have any, you may do any of the following, date people who don’t treat you well, work for people who take advantage or even act in an abusive manner towards you. You may get walked all over by friends and family, and worst of all you will hate yourself for all of this and not even know why. So, here is your wake-up call. 

Without Self-Worth You Will Not Ever Feel Worthy Of Love And Support From Others

  • Self-worth is the inherent belief in your value as a human being. People with self-worth feel deserving of consideration, respect, and love because of who they are.
  • While self-esteem describes people’s feelings about themselves based on external and fluctuating factors like appearance or income, self-worth is a more internal and stable sense of intrinsic value.
  • Having a strong sense of self—your talents, preferences, core personality traits, and values—enhances feelings of self-worth.
  • Social media can erode it because it perpetuates endless comparisons and between you and others. On the other hand, sharing viewpoints through social media can also enhance young adults’ self-concept.
  • To build self-worth, spend time alone, journal, practice mindfulness and self-compassion, affirm your strengths, and cultivate authentic relationships.

Frequently Asked Questions About Developing a Sense of Self

What does it mean to have a sense of self?
A sense of self means knowing who you are, what you value, where you find meaning and purpose, and what you’re all about. It literally applies to how you value yourself and your behaviors.

Why is it important to have a sense of self?
People with a sense of self have an easier time making decisions, setting boundaries, and pursuing their goals because they know who they are and what they value most. You will be better equipped to deal with the ups and downs of life with a healthy sense of self. It will attract healthier people around you and relationships will be easier. It also creates a much better situation in work environments when you are not always second-guessing yourself.

What’s an example of self-worth?
An example of self-worth is getting out of a relationship with someone who doesn’t treat you with respect and kindness. Leaving a job where an employer underpays or treats you with disrespect is another great example. But, it can also be as simple as saying no to people and things you don’t want to do. Also, understanding your limits and knowing when you need to stop, rest, or get help is a sign of mental health and worth.

How do you develop self-worth?
There are many ways to develop self-worth. Some include turning inward and spending time alone in nature, writing in a journal, meditating, or practicing self-compassion. Others include affirming your strengths, refraining from comparing yourself to others and cultivating authentic connections. If self-esteem is a serious issue or you’re recovering from abuse in any kind of relationship, you may want to seek professional help. Mental health professionals can be so helpful when rebuilding one’s self-esteem or discovering it for the first time.


Self-worth is critical for everybody especially people in recovery from anything. A healthy self-worth will improve all aspects of your life and it is worth it to take the time and energy to nurture it. If this is a big struggle, turn to self-help and techniques for esteem-building.


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