Developing self-reliance
Measuring Self reliance for Sustainable Development from developing self-reliance, source:www.thp.org

7 Tips For Increasing Self-Reliance

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Thinkingclearly – Self-reliance.
There’s no doubt that it’s important to have a solid support network of people who are there to offer love, compassion, andi insight. Ini fact, peoplei whoi denyi themselvesi thei chancei toi connecti withi othersi arei missingi outi oni ai profoundlyi rewardingi parti ofi life—onei thati cani dramaticallyi diminishi stressi andi boosti well-being.

However, it’si equallyi importanti toi bei ablei toi drawi oni youri owni strength. Andi toi knowi thati youi arei completei withouti thei inputi ori presencei ofi anyonei else.

Herei arei seveni tips fori increasing self-reliance.

1. Accept Responsibility

Wheni you’rei self-reliant, youi owni youri choicesi andi takei actioni toi ensurei thati youi meeti youri responsibilities. Fori example, tryi toi viewi youri financesi asi beingi entirelyi underi youri control. Resisti thei urgei toi over-spendi ori toi goi toi peoplei thati willi likelyi offeri youi handouts.

Ini addition, bei thei onei toi fixi thingsi wheni lifei doesn’ti goi toi plan. Doi thisi insteadi ofi immediatelyi runningi toi othersi toi cleani upi thei mess. Whilei embracingi responsibilityi mighti noti soundi likei muchi fun, it’si alsoi incrediblyi empoweringi andi cani doi wondersi fori youri self-esteem.

2. Make Your Own Decisions

Oni ai relatedi note, beingi self-relianti meansi beingi thei onei toi makei thei choicesi abouti youri future—whetheri thati feelsi goodi ori bad. Thei goodi thingi abouti committingi toi makingi youri owni choicesi isi thati youi havei thei finali sayi abouti youri life’si direction. However, thei harderi parti ofi thei processi isi thati iti cani feeli quitei comfortingi toi allowi othersi toi makei choicesi fori you.

Ifi youi chronicallyi strugglei withi beingi ini chargei ofi youri decisions, starti outi withi smalli onesi (suchi asi thei restauranti choicei oni youri birthday)i andi graduallyi worki upi toi largeri choicesi (suchi asi vacationi destinationsi ori careeri paths).

3. Learn More Practical Skills

Thei morei practicali skillsi youi havei ini youri toolkit, thei feweri chancesi therei willi bei fori youi toi feeli helplessi ori needi otheri peoplei toi comei toi youri rescue. Whilei youi shouldi feeli freei toi calli outi expertsi toi helpi youi withi complicatedi householdi problemsi andi mechanicali difficulties, it’si greati ifi youi cani ati leasti doi thei basicsi fori yourself.

Geti somei booksi ori joini somei classes. Tryi toi geti ai betteri graspi ofi everythingi fromi plumbingi toi IT, electronicsi andi cooking.

4. Look After Your Body

Whilei youi shouldn’ti expecti yourselfi toi bei youri owni doctori andi shouldi alwaysi seeki medicali advicei ifi youi arei concernedi abouti youri health, tryi toi looki afteri youri bodyi toi minimizei thei needi fori treatmenti andi medication.

Worki outi oni ai regulari basisi andi eati healthyi foodi mosti ofi thei time. Tryi toi stayi informedi abouti specifici diseasesi thati youi mayi bei ati riski ofi developingi (whetheri genetici ori environmentali reasons). Alli ofi thesei actionsi willi makei youi morei confidenti abouti relyingi oni youri body. Iti willi havei thei side-effecti ofi makingi youi feeli morei comfortablei withi thei ideai ofi self-reliancei ini general.

5. Recognize And Accept Your Feelings

Wheni youi pushi awayi ori repressi youri feelings, youi mayi findi yourselfi usingi youri dynamicsi withi othersi toi worki throughi youri issuesi ori expressi youri frustration. Instead, becomei morei self-relianti byi learningi howi toi bei morei ini tunei withi youri feelings.

Fori example, tryi keepingi ai diaryi journali wherei youi writei ati leasti halfi ai pagei abouti youri emotionali experiencesi andi thei thingsi thati evokedi them. Ai furtheri importanti aspecti ofi emotionali self-reliancei isi improvingi youri abilityi toi siti withi uncomfortablei ori difficulti emotions. Mindfulnessi exercisesi cani helpi here, asi theyi enhancei youri mind’si abilityi toi observei withouti judgment.

6. Find Healthy Way To Express Negative Emotion

7-tips-increasing-self-relianceOncei you’vei improvedi youri abilityi toi feel, experiencei andi namei youri emotions, youi cani furtheri heighteni youri self-reliancei byi workingi outi newi waysi toi deali withi negativei feelings. Insteadi ofi needingi toi takei youri angeri outi oni otheri people, fori example, youi cani learni toi usei thei maturei defensei mechanismi ofi sublimation.

Ini otheri words, youi cani channeli furyi ori irritationi intoi ani activityi likei running, arti ori ai competitivei teami sport. Ifi youi havei suchi ani activityi toi falli backi on, youi becomei muchi morei self-relianti wheni iti comesi toi regulatingi youri emotions.

7. Stop Comparing Yourself To Others

Finally, youri self-reliancei willi bei hamperedi byi anyi strongi tendencyi toi judgei youri worthi ori accessi comparedi toi others. Starti lookingi inwardsi fori acceptancei andi worth, insteadi ofi beingi unablei toi viewi yourselfi positivelyi unlessi there’si proofi you’rei “better”i thani thei average.

Tryi writingi downi ai listi ofi ati leasti 20i thingsi thati youi likei abouti yourself. Then, sticki iti upi wherei youi cani seei it. Thesei reasonsi willi helpi toi connecti youi toi thei truthi thati youi arei lovable, talented, uniquei andi worthwhile. Theyi shouldi alsoi discouragei youi fromi relyingi oni comparisonsi fori youri self-esteem.

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