Whenever I sit down to do what I call free writing, I don’t really know what to write. So I just start. What came out today is so important that I wanted to share it with you. I am in a coaching program which is supposed to help me get on track and move forward to a financially free future. I can’t believe how incredibly stuck I am. All the nuances are showing up which is good. Once I recognize them, I can change them or let go of them or change how I think/talk about challenges.
Here’s some of the scary things I am dealing with:
- Thoughts that say I am a flake or I’m scattered or I’m all over the place.
- My husband saying, “You’re a loser!” then dying a couple of months later, leaving me with that thought.
- Forgetting my kids’ birthdays.
- Not being able to find things.
- Always feeling overwhelmed and like I’m not enough.
- Not being able to visualize any kind of a dream.
- Getting reactions which mean they think I’ll never be employable – “go work for the US Census.”
I’m depressed right now and depression really takes a dent out of your self-esteem. Still everybody deals with it at some point in their lives, especially when you throw grief into the mix. Mostly the grief doesn’t affect me these days but I’m still dealing with the effects of it as I continue to grow into joy.
One way to combat depression is to look at your self-esteem. If yours is low, how do you rebuild a healthy self-esteem? You start by looking at your life, by looking at what you are or aren’t accomplishing. You make a list of all the things you “should” be doing. Include the bare essentials, like brushing your teeth and hair daily, cooking and eating, doing the dishes, washing clothes, etc. Writing this list establishes all the things that you already think you “should” be doing whether or not you are.
When you let little things slide, your subconscious is aware of the disappointment you really hold. Although it seems small every time you let things slide, the level of disappointment in yourself accumulates. Soon it’s not so small anymore. It begins to present itself in lower self-esteem and leads to the idea that you are not good enough, etc. – a downhill slide into despair if there ever was one.
What are you choosing for your life? Are you choosing to slide into despair or are you choosing to look up and take the baby steps to improve your life? After all, you choose your life. You choose whether to get up or not, what you eat, how you dress, where you live and with whom. You choose how you feel by how well you live up to your own standards. How do you fight off the naysayers and keep going? How do you begin to dream again? How do you visualize what that baby dream is?
So many questions, yet questioning is where the healing begins and continues. You pose the questions for yourself and listen inside for your answers. Make your list of 100 things you “should” be doing every day and include all areas: home, family, career, spiritual, etc. Then choose one area only to really look at. Choose five items per day and hold yourself accountable to get those things done. Finally – CELEBRATE the fact you are alive to choose those five items and when you accomplish each item – CELEBRATE again. Congratulate yourself that you did it. Choose for yourself and create your new and gorgeous life. After all, you deserve it!