I don’t think people realize how much strength it takes to pull yourself out of a dark place mentally. So if you’ve done that today, I’m proud of you.

“I don’t think people realize how much strength it takes to pull yourself out of a dark place mentally. So if you’ve done that today, I’m proud of you.” – Unknown

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I learned that the biggest thing pulling me down into that dark rabbit hole of depression was my non-existent sense of self worth, and my internalized belief that I deserved all the bad things happening in my life.

When I decided that I wanted to heal and not keep sliding down into that place, I realized I needed to teach myself how to like myself, because if I liked myself and felt I was worthy, then I wouldn’t beat myself up so badly every time I felt I had messed up!

That was a very difficult task because I was somewhat of an expert at tearing myself down!

The first thing I did, and trust me, when you try it too it will feel very strange and unnatural, was to practice not saying nasty things to myself. Instead, I was to speak gently, encouragingly to myself, like I spoke to my daughter when she was a little girl learning something new!

Wow, did that feel really stupid and weird.

I persevered in spite of how I felt, because I had been learning about Neural Pathways and how to create new ones!

I wasn’t pleased that all my thoughts and actions towards myself had created a virtual highway of Neural Pathways where beating myself up was my automatic go-to!

I really wanted to change that!

In order to change my Neural Pathways I knew I need to purposefully think new thoughts enough times to start creating new pathways which would become roads, and hopefully someday I’d even be able to retrain my brain to have extremely strong Neural Pathway highways as my new go-to’s.

This plan takes guts, patience and perseverance to keep at it!

If you’re thinking of trying this out for yourself, please remind yourself that it’s okay to start small!

Baby steps are perfectly okay, and may be much more manageable than trying to do it all at once!

Baby steps get us started and help to build confidence!

You are a worthy individual!

I’m proud of you for trying, and for trying again and again!

It took me many, many tries before I started to get the hang of it!

That’s pretty normal actually! Keep trying!

You are worthwhile to invest your time and effort into!

Blessings!
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8 thoughts on “I don’t think people realize how much strength it takes to pull yourself out of a dark place mentally. So if you’ve done that today, I’m proud of you.

  1. Self worth is a big One for me. I can’t believe I lived more than half my life until now without having a healthy sense of it. Already I feel so free and powerful and still my work is not done. Such a relentless journey, grateful though that I am on it. It is indeed a tedious, courageous journey with strange feeling choices. What is true on the way for us may not be most comfortable, yet we need to persist, with compassion and celebration for where we are.

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    1. I understand your feelings! I’m a grandma and spend a little more than 3/4 of my life having little to no self worth.

      Once I taught myself how to like myself, of course my old methods of beating myself up flared up, when like you I wished I had done it sooner and couldn’t believe that I hadn’t done it before.

      Maya Angelou’s quote kept coming into my mind, so I deliberately made it my Mantra when I started to get down on myself for not doing something sooner in my life: “When I know better, I do better!”

      This simple thought has helped my brutal side disengage from beating me up again and again!

      It has given me great peace!

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        1. I’m so incredibly grateful to wonderful thought generators like Maya Angelou, because she is truly one of the people whose words have helped change my life!

          I’m so grateful for the feedback and dialogue we can have together!

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