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23 Things You Haven’t Let Go Of That Make Your Life Tougher

23 Things You Haven’t Let Go Of That Make Your Life Tougher

Do you feel like your life is so damn hard? Everyone has a common goal in life: to live a simple, happy life. However, for most people life is tough. Surprisingly, the biggest factor that makes our lives tough is ourselves. We put limitations on ourselves every day, whether we realize it or not. It is very important to stop making things complicated and tougher than it really is. Remember, life can either be something that you embrace or something you hide from. Life would be so much easier if we just let go of certain things. Here are 23 things that you need to let go of to make your life easier:

1. Let go of worrying about everyone else’s opinions of you.

None of their opinions about you matter, the only one that matter is your own belief. You are in control of your own life.

2. Let go of all your empty complaints.

Complaints do not solve your problems. So, stop complaining about your situation and start taking action to improve your life.

3. Let go of anger or resentment.

Learn how to forgive people that have wronged you. Keeping the anger will only harm you.

4. Let go of lazy attitudes and routines.

Laziness is one of the worst hitngs in this world. Do not let laziness stop you from reaching your dreams. Start creating routines that will improve your life.

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5. Let go of the excuses.

Nothing is impossible. For every problem that you have, there are other people who experience similar problems. And if they are able to conquer it, so can you.

6. Let go of the idea of perfection.

Nothing in this world is perfect. Actually, by trying to achieve perfection, usually you will end up frustrated and it becomes even harder to reach your goal.

7. Let go of thinking you should always get what you want.

Most of the time, what you want is not exactly what you need. Believe that everything happens for a reason, and be a positive-thinker.

8. Let go of the notion that life is fair.

Life should not be fair. If life was fair there would be no winners and no losers. Life needs to be not fair so that we can prosper. If you think about it, it is a good thing that life is not fair.

9. Let go of insecurity.

Being insecure will only make your life tougher. Learn to let go of insecurity, radiate confidence, and give positive vibes to the people around you.

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10. Let go of thinking there is a perfect time.

There’s a saying that the best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago and the next best time is today. So do not wait for a “perfect time” to do what you have always wanted to do.

11. Let go of the need to always feel comfortable.

You grow the most when you are leaving your comfort zone, so actually you should feel good that you are feeling uncomfortable, because that’s exactly what you need to grow as a person.

12. Let go of thinking you have to know everything first.

Do not burden yourself by thinking that you need to know everything before you even started it. Most of the times, the experts are people who started with little knowledge, and they gained the expertise along their journey.

13. Let go of expectations.

Managing your expectations is the key to happiness. Do not expect a certain result from any given situation. Go into an experience with an open mind. This will allow you to fully immerse yourself, without the pressure of living up to preconceived notions.

14. Let go of your past mistakes.

Whatever happened in the past has already happened. Dwelling about it will change nothing, so you might as well move on and make sure you don’t make the same mistake in the future.

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15. Let go of excessive worrying.

Worrying does nothing good to you. Stop worrying and start living, because people who worry too much will end up doing nothing.

16. Let go of wanting stuff you don’t need.

Sometimes, it is better to own less things. It results in less clutter, and it enables you to be more focused on things that really matter.

17. Let go of negative influences.

You are the average of five people you spend most time with, so surround yourself with positive people. Do not let negative people bring you down.

18. Let go of ugly words.

Keep your mouth cool even though you are angry. Most people will regret hurtful things that they said when they were angry.

19. Let go of your superficial judgments.

You have no idea what is going on in another person’s live, so who are you to pass judgement on the way they act?

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20. Let go of trying to change others.

Most of the time, it is impossible to try to change others. Do your best, but if they don’t change, you need to either just accept who they are or choose to live without them.

21. Let go of one-sided relationships.

There’s a million other people out there. You simply deserve better.

22. Let go of hating your own body.

It’s not wrong to dream of a better body, but don’t let yourself hate your current looks. Hating your current looks only result in frustration, and you don’t want that. Instead, you want to be calm and composed: stop relying on willpower, learn the right information, and develop systems.

23. Let go of the attachment to money.

Money is definitely good to have, but once our basic needs and saving goals are met, it’s time to evaluate the trade off of earning more and more. Do not let yourself sacrifice health and relationships in exchange for money.

Letting go of something that has been developed as a habit is hard. When you trust a broken set of habits everyday, it’s only a matter of time before you feel broken too. Hence, it is useful to understand the science behind how a habit is created in order to change your own habit. So, what will you let go of today? Let me know in the comment sections below.

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Last Updated on March 30, 2020

What Does Self-Conscious Mean? (And How to Stop Being It)

What Does Self-Conscious Mean? (And How to Stop Being It)

Have you ever walked into a room and felt like your nerves simply couldn’t handle it? Your heart beats fast, you start to sweat, and you feel like all eyes are on you (even if they’re really not). This is just one of the many ways that being self-conscious can rear its ugly head.

You may not even realize you’re self-conscious, and you may be wondering, “What does self-conscious mean?” That’s a good place to start.

This article will define self-consciousness, show how practically everyone has faced it at one point or another, and give you tips to avoid it.

What Does Self-Conscious Mean?

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, self-conscious is defined as “conscious of one’s own acts or states as belonging to or originating in oneself.”[1]

Not so bad, right? There’s another definition, though — one that speaks more to what you’re going through: “feeling uncomfortably conscious of oneself as an object of the observation of others.” For those of us who regularly deal with extreme self-consciousness, that second definition sounds about right.

There are many different ways self-consciousness can spring up. You may feel self-conscious around people you know, like your family members or closest friends. You may feel self-conscious at work, even though you spend hours every week around your co-workers. Or you may feel self-conscious when out in public and surrounded by strangers. However, you probably don’t feel self-conscious when you’re home alone.

How to Stop Being Too Self-Conscious

When you’re in the throes of self-consciousness, it’s nearly impossible to remember how to stop feeling that way. That’s why it’s so important to prepare ahead of time, when you’re feeling ready to tackle the problem instead of succumbing to it.

Here are a variety of ways to feel better about yourself and stop thinking about how others see you.

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1. Ask Yourself, “So What?”

One way to banish negative, self-conscious thoughts is to do just that: banish them.

The next time you walk into a room and feel your face getting red, think to yourself, “So what?” How much does it really matter if people don’t like how you look or act? What’s the worst that could happen?

Most of the time, you’ll find that you don’t have a good answer to this question. Then, you can immediately start assigning such thoughts less importance. With self-awareness, you can acknowledge that your negative thoughts are present and realize that you don’t agree with them.[2] They’re just thoughts, after all.

2. Be Honest

A lie that self-consciousness might tell is that there’s one way to act or feel. Honestly, though, everyone else is just figuring life out as well. There isn’t a preferred way to show up to an event, gathering, or public place. What you can do is be honest with your feelings and thoughts.[3]

If you feel offended by something someone says, you don’t have to smile to be polite or laugh to fit in with the crowd. Instead, you can politely say why you disagree or excuse yourself and find a group of people who you relate to better. If you’re nervous, don’t overcompensate by trying to look relaxed and casual — it’ll be obvious you’re putting on a front. Instead, nothing is more endearing than saying, “I’m a little nervous!” to a room of people who probably feel the exact same way.

On the same note, if you don’t understand why someone wants you to do something, question it. You can do this at work, at home, or even with people you don’t know well. Nobody should force you to do something you don’t want to do.

Also, even if you’re willing to do what’s asked of you, there’s nothing wrong with asking for more clarification. People will realize that you’re not a person to be bossed around.

3. Understand Why You’re Struggling at Work

Being self-conscious at work can get in the way of your daily responsibilities, your relationships with co-workers, and even your career as a whole. If you’re facing some sort of conflict but you’re too nervous to speak up, you may be at the whim of what happens to you instead of taking some control.

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If you’re usually confident at work, you may be wondering where this new self-consciousness is coming from. It’s possible that you’re dealing with burnout.[4] Common signs are anxiety, fatigue and distraction, all of which can leave you feeling under-confident.

4. Succeed at Something

When you create success in your life, it’s easier to feel confident[5] and less self-conscious. If you feel self-conscious at work, finish the project that’s been looming over your head. If you feel self-conscious in the gym, complete an advanced workout class.

Exposing yourself to what you’re scared of and then succeeding at it in some way (even just by finishing it) can do wonders for your self-esteem. The more confidence you build, the more likely you are to have more success in the future, which will create a cycle of confidence-building.

5. Treat All of You — Not Just Your Self-Consciousness

Trying to solve your self-consciousness alone may not treat the root of the problem. Instead, take a well-rounded approach to lower your self-consciousness and build confidence in areas where you may struggle.

Even professional counselors are embracing this holistic type of treatment[6] because they feel that the health of the mind and body are inextricably linked. This approach combines physical, spiritual, and psychological components. Common activities and treatments include meditation, yoga, massage, and healthy changes to diet and exercise.

If much of this is new to you, it will pay to give it a try. You never know how it will impact you.

If you’re feeling self-conscious about how your body looks, a massage that makes you feel great could boost your confidence. If you try a new workout, you could have something exciting to talk about the next time you’re in a group setting.

Putting yourself in a new situation and learning that you can get through it with grace can give you the confidence to get through all sorts of events and nerve-wracking moments.

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6. Make the Changes That Are Within Your Control

Let’s say you walk into a room and you’re self-conscious about how you look. However, you may have put a lot of time and effort into your outfit. Even though it may stand out, this is how you have chosen to express yourself.

You have to work on your internal confidence, not your external appearance. There’s nothing to change other than your outlook.

On the other hand, maybe there’s something that you don’t like about yourself that you can change. For example, maybe you hate how a birthmark on your face looks or have varicose veins that you think are unsightly. If you can do something about these things, do it! There’s nothing wrong with changing your appearance (or skills, education, etc.) if it’s going to make you more confident.

You don’t have to accept your current situation for acceptance’s sake. There’s no award for putting up with something you hate. Confidence is also required to make changes that are scary, even if they’re for the better. Plus, it may be an easier fix than you thought. For example, treating varicose veins doesn’t have to involve surgery — sometimes simple compression stockings will take care of the problem.[7]

7. Realize That Everyone Has Awkward Moments

Everyone has said something awkward to someone else and lived to tell the tale. We’ve all forgotten somebody’s name or said, “You too!” when the concession stand girl says to enjoy our movie. Not only are these things uber-common, but they’re not nearly as embarrassing as you feel they are.

Think about how you react when someone else does something awkward. Do you think, “Wow, that person’s such a loser!” or do you think, “What a relief, I’m not the only one who does that.” Chances are good that’s the same reaction others have to you when you stumble.

Remember, self-consciousness is a state of mind that you have control over. You don’t have to feel this way. Do what you need to in order to build your confidence, put your self-consciousness in perspective, and start exercising your “I feel awesome about myself” muscle. It’ll get easier with time.

When Is Being Self-Conscious a Good Thing?

Self-consciousness can sometimes be a good thing[8], but you have to take the awkwardness and nerves out of it.

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In this case, “self-aware” is a much better term. Knowing how you come off to people is an excellent trait; you’ll be able to read a room and understand how what you do and say affects others. These are fantastic skills for people work and personal relationships.

Self-awareness helps you dress appropriately for the occasion, tells you that you’re talking too loud or not loud enough, and guides a conversation so you don’t offend or bore anyone.

It’s not about being someone you’re not — that can actually have adverse effects, just like self-consciousness. Instead, it’s about turning up certain aspects of yourself to perform well in the situation.

Final Thoughts

When you’re self-conscious, you’re constantly battling with yourself in an effort to control how other people view you. You try to change yourself to suit what you think other people want to see.

The truth, though, is that you can’t actually control how other people view you — and you may not even be correct about how they view you in the first place.

Being confident doesn’t happen overnight. Instead, it happens in small steps as you slowly build your confidence and say “no” to your self-consciousness. It also requires accepting that you’re going to feel self-conscious sometimes, and that’s okay.

Sometimes worrying that there is a problem can be more stressful than the problem itself. Feeling bad for feeling self-conscious can be more troublesome than simply feeling it and getting on with the day.

Forgive yourself for being human and make the small changes that will lead to better confidence in the future.

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Reference

[1] Merriam-Webster: Self-conscious
[2] Bustle: 7 Tips On How To Stop Feeling Self-Conscious
[3] Marc and Angel: 10 Things to Remember When You Feel Unsure of Yourself
[4] Bostitch: How to Protect Small Businesses From Burnout
[5] Psychology Today: Self-conscious? Get Over It
[6] Wake Forest University: Embracing Holistic Medicine
[7] Center for Vein Restoration: What Causes Venous Ulcers, and How Are They Treated?
[8] Scientific American: The Pros and Cons of Being Self-Aware

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