I use meditation and exercise (generally cycling, but walking too) to try to limit the impact that the darkness that lurks within has on my general wellbeing, but have the odd shocker of a day when I really could just lie in bed. Zero motivation, zero enthusiasm, proper "woe is me" type days.
Today is one such day, which finds me looking through all of my old "Management Development Training" type course notes and during the fumbling, I stumbled upon one technique which I have always thought rather good, so where better (and at what better time indeed) to share it .....>>
Take a piece of paper (or open a spreadsheet or document) and number the first 50 lines (1 to 50, obviously)
Your challenge is to fill the 50 lines with things you either like about yourself, or are good at. There are no taboos here, since it is your own personal list, so by definition, whatever you 'think' is a perfectly valid entry.
The thought process behind this exercise goes something like this:
Throughout each and every day of your existence, likelihood is that your self esteem will take a few (a good few indeed) knocks by unwelcome, unwarranted, in-gest etc. etc. comments or actions.
By reading your List-of-50-things each morning, you build up a sufficiently large positive shield that these inevitable put-downs ultimately only manage to take you back down to the norm, rather than feeling lower than a snake's belly.
I'm always keen to hear any other tips and tricks anyone may have, whatever works for you ...