Developing a Strong Sense of Self-Worth

I recently read Viola Davis’s memoir Finding Me, an extraordinary account of her life growing up in extreme poverty and her ascent to fame becoming an accomplished actress. You may have seen some of her films or TV series, Fences, Doubt, The Help, The Women King, and How To Get Away With Murder.

What appealed to me was her deep dive into exploring her personal self. Her quest to find meaning, acceptance, forgiveness and self-worth. Her story is a journey of overcoming her fears and deserving a good life. (I highly recommend reading it).

I explored several definitions of self-worth and found that most focused on external measurements of achievement, ability, performance, appearance and net worth.

According to positive psychology definitions: Self-esteem and self-worth are related, but they have important differences. Self-esteem describes how you think and feel about yourself, which changes based on mood, circumstance, performance, or the approval of others. Self esteem fluctuates based on external influences.  

Self-worth is a more stable form of self-esteem and far reaching from knowing and believing in your worth as a person. It is a deserving sense of consideration, respect, and the importance you place on yourself coupled with being worthy of love. It is also an emotional outlook that determines how and what you feel about yourself in comparison to other people.

We are brought up to believe that accomplishments, financial success, who you know, a thin body and a successful love life are the measurements of self worth.

Recognizing your internal self worth is more sustainable to your “being” rather than “doing,”. It is as valuable to who you are and less what you do.

Connecting to your self-worth, your inner voice as a human being, your core values and beliefs are fundamental to supporting your health, body awareness and emotional and intellectual mind.

Mindfulness qualities and practices connect with the “being” versus the “doing”. Acceptance, non-judgement, curiosity, self compassion and self-worth are part of your internal well-“being” which is reflected to the external world defining your fulfillment and positive relationships.

Mindful eating focuses on the “being” of taking care of yourself. When you focus on the “being” of nourishing versus the “doing (disconnecting from how you feed and nurture yourself), you strengthen your self-worth.

Mindful eating is an embodied practice of observing your actions, thoughts, feelings, and motivations to cultivate health, self-awareness and contentment. It promotes long-term health and enjoyment.

Preparing a wonderful meal, sitting down to eat it, experiencing the flavours, texture, aromas, chewing and recognizing when you’re feeling satisfied, not full, is the practice of “being“ more of honouring your self-worth.

Ask yourself, how can I strengthen my self-worth?

Join in this month for free at the virtual meet-up group on the last Monday of the month (May 29th) at 7pm. We chat, discuss, play, eat and discover how “being” can calm the mind and nourish your relationship with food.

Based on selections from the program FEED THE BRAIN: A mindful eating approach to nourishing the body, heart and mind, begins Monday, May 29th at 7pm.

Register for free this month.

PROGRAMS AND EVENTS

Somatic Movement Sessions Mondays at 4:00pm or Thursdays  at 9:00 am to June 22nd.

Somatic movement is a system of neuromuscular movement awareness practice and education. This work teaches us to recognize and release holding patterns and chronic pain resulting from injury, stress, repetitive strain, and habituated postures. This next somatic movement series is different from the ones offered in March and April. Sessions began May 24th to June 22nd.. They are free and virtual since I am training in this technique. Contact wellness@raniglick.com if you are interested in attending.

Practice Together, Every Tuesday at 6:00 pm

We practice movement, breath awareness and meditation in community with others.  Mindful, gentle movement practice is adapted for participants in attendance.

This is a virtual class, please join us with an open mind. You are invited to bring friends, family or colleagues. These sessions are free.

Monthly Mindful Eating Meet-up Begins Monday May 29th at 7 pm.

Rediscover your relationship with food and learn more about your body’s natural balance system to feel well. Register for free this month here.

I love hearing from you, please add a comment in the box below, or contact me to book a consultation or send an email; to wellness@raniglick.com

My Best in Health,