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All I could think about was I was late again, I was the only one who forgot snacks at our mommy group, and why oh why do other people seem ____ (calmer, more put together/accomplished) than me?

That’s one perspective to take.

I could have also focused on the fact that I manage to get up and get out of bed with my 11-month old every week, balance the load of both work-at-home and stay-at-home parent adequately well most days, or that I find time to exercise, have dinner with my husband, and go out with friends.

Instead of beating myself up about the things that are kind of unimportant when you think about it (doing more, being perfect), couldn’t we all just give ourselves a break for the things that matter? Like forgiving ourselves for messing up, for not being perfect, for hanging in there during really challenging times.

Maybe instead of shining a light on our accomplishments, we could embrace our less glaringly obvious virtues, like being there for our loved ones when they need us or being kind. The latter won’t win you applause, fame, an award or promotion, but they also will grow into the kind of gift that’s worth keeping around.

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Let Go of Self-Esteem: 4 Ideas to Truly Feel Better About Yourself
(Bounce Back) – If you need a self-esteem boost, don’t focus on building up your resume or giving yourself a makeover. Those things can help you feel better temporarily, but will inevitably worsen the way you feel about yourself. Try these 4 approaches instead.

Self-Love: The Greatest Gift of Them All
(Thrive) – Here’s why you still haven’t found happiness. This blogger discovers and reveals the secret to attaining everything you truly desire in your life-love yourself.

USA is Depressed and Anxious: Top 10 Psychiatric Medications Prescribed
(Mental Health Humor) – Check out Chato’s humorous and thoughtful commentary on the top 10 psychiatric medications, its usage for treatment of both depression and anxiety and its potential side effects.

7 Sure Signs that Life is Calling you to Grow
(NLP Discoveries) – What do you do at life’s crossroads? Do you ignore or run away from it? Read this before you miss your chance to turn a critical crossroad into an opportunity for self-growth.

5 Reasons Substance Abuse is Even More Dangerous for Young People
(The Science of Addiction) – Adolescence and young adulthood are a tenuous time. Adding alcohol and drug use to the mix can forever change your life. Here are 5 good reasons to abstain.

 


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    Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 26 Jun 2014
    Published on PsychCentral.com. All rights reserved.

APA Reference
Uyemura, B. (2014). Best of Our Blogs: June 27, 2014. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 17, 2014, from http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2014/06/27/best-of-our-blogs-june-27-2014/

 

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