Doubt is something everyone lives with, but what exactly is doubt? What is our doubt aimed at and how can we redirect it?
Doubt is a feeling of uncertainty or lack of conviction. We can have doubt in anything: our job, our friends, and even our commute. But what happens when we have doubt in ourselves? Self-doubt is a lack of confidence and likability in oneself. Self-doubt comes from the thinking that you aren’t good enough to do something or that if you do something, it won’t turn out well enough to be liked. Self-doubt can be so bad sometimes that it can be linked to anxiety disorder.
Self-doubt and doubt in general can lead to many issues in your life. Under stress if you doubt that meditation or introspection will work, you could suffer even more. While science is still working on finding the exact way that meditation helps your mind, there are so many testimonies out there from people who struggled and meditation and mindfulness worked for them. Self-doubt can also lead to continuation of bad eating habits and food addiction. If you doubt that a certain diet will work and you continue with your normal eating habits, who are you helping? If you don’t change your eating habits because you think you’ll never lose weight or be comfortable with yourself, who are you harming? Self-doubt comes with so much baggage and no reward, so why not try something else?
Self-love is regard for one’s own well-being and happiness. Self-love is the exact opposite of self-doubt. While self-doubt is the reason you don’t try something new, self-love is the reason you keep doing something you love. Self-love is a motivator and a stress reliever. It’s about seeing the good in your life and using that vision to make different choices. Self-love isn’t about only focusing on yourself, it’s about noticing your reactions in moments of happiness and in worry. When you practice self-love, your reactions change, and for the better. Instead of doubting that you can change your eating habits, use self-love and think about the reaction you’ll have if your habits do change, and you get healthier and happier.
Self-love can work for anyone and everyone. Think deeply about yourself and appreciate who you are and how you’re different from others. Don’t let self-doubt keep you from being the happiest and healthiest you.