For anyone who knows me fairly well or for those who’ve been following my blog for some time now, you probably already know that I’m not the most confident person in the world. In fact, I’m probably a lot more insecure than I really should be.
I can’t help but feel insecure about myself, regardless of the situation I’m in. This insecurity has always been there and has affected every part of my life, and usually ends up with me unintentionally getting down on myself because I can’t perceive why others would want to interact with me.
It’s admittedly sad, but true. And sometimes I can’t help myself. It rears it’s ugly head when I least expect it, usually when I’m feeling particularly happy or content in my life, and I end up back on a downward spiral to usual semi-depressed self.
It’s something I definitely need to work on. And hopefully the below pointers, courtesy of the original article on Marc and Angel Hack Life (link at bottom of page), will help me move past this insecurity.
At some point.
You can’t read their minds
Let’s be honest, we all do it. We take what people say or do and try to interpret what they actually mean, guessing what that other person is thinking or feeling. When you do this, you open yourself up to misreading what they mean and opening up that can of insecurity, which can eventually lead to stress or depression if not hampered.
Ultimately you should just mean what you say, and say what you mean. And at the same time, just take what people say at face value until they prove you otherwise through their later actions. If someone says they really care for you but then goes off with someone else for a bit of ‘fun’, only then should you start to question how they truly feel about you.
But don’t overthink it, cause then you’ll just end up in the same place if you’d misinterpreted what they’ve said.
We’re all flawed human beings, and it’s those flaws that make us interesting and who we are as people. But unfortunately, too many of us spend our lives looking for that ‘perfect’ person to complete us, and that’s just hopeless as it doesn’t exist. If you carry on like this for too long, it could eventually drive you mad and make you feel even more insecure than you already were because you’ve spent all your time questioning why you can’t find that ‘perfect’ person.
Ultimately you want to find someone who will balance out your own flaws, or perhaps compliment them. Someone who gets you for being you, and doesn’t expect you to be something you’re not.
Leave the past in the past
To be fair, we’ve all gained baggage of some sort as we’ve moved through life, but if you continue to let those past experiences colour your current relationship or friendship, then it is doomed to fail. You’ll continue to allow yourself to be pulled into the same negative relationships or behaviours that caused your previous relationship to fail.
When you meet someone new, enjoy them for who they are, not for who your ex was or how your ex behaved. Don’t let yourself be pulled into a never ending circuit causing your relationship to fail because you respond defensively to anyone who gets close to you, and you could possibly be causing them to act in the way you expect them to act based on that past relationship.
Break the cycle and move towards something new.
Some problems only exist in your head
Too often insecure people will make themselves unnecessarily anxious by inventing problems in their head, and lead themselves down the road to self-sabotage, be it intentionally or unintentionally. We will overthink situations and deceive ourselves with negative thoughts, which can only lead you to ignoring what’s right in front of you – the truth.
This is never a good thing, as it will cause your relationships to suffer. By overthinking things and not realising your own self-worth, you could be unintentionally pushing away those who actually care for you, and potentially missing out on some amazing friendships or relationships.
Don’t freak out, and don’t let it overrun you. Just relax, take a moment to breath and honestly contemplate the situation. In the end you’ll be able to honestly understand that the problem only exists in your head, and isn’t actually happening in life.
Stop being a negative-Nancy
Regardless of how things are going at any particular time, don’t let yourself fall into the trap of always focusing on the negatives or on the things you don’t like about your relationship. If you do, you’ll constantly be missing out on the great things that occur and on the opportunity to be genuinely happy with your life.
No relationship is perfect, and you shouldn’t expect it to be. There will always be ups and downs, and when it’s down you can’t allow yourself to colour the entire thing with your negativity.
You have to appreciate the people around you for who they are, and celebrate their good qualities, those that make you realise how amazing they are. That appreciation can only lead you to somewhere good and fulfilling.