Comparing yourself to other people is a great way to make yourself feel terrible. Stop doing it!
Before COVID-19, our self-comparison may have centered around wealth, status, and beauty. Now, we struggle with our partners, family, and friends trying to decide who is more miserable. Understand this – everybody has a sad story.
Everybody has struggled privately or publicly. There is no hierarchy.
When you compare yourself to someone and feel inferior, that really sucks. When you compare yourself to someone and feel superior, you are alone at the top. Today, we can all make a choice to grow. Self-love and self-respect are an antidote. We don’t need to have internal competition with the people around us. When you are happy with #1, you don’t need to overanalyze what other people are doing in their lives.
Redirect your self-talk and outward expression. Give words of encouragement to someone you see is struggling. Say thank you for small acts of kindness. Show empathy to someone expressing difficult emotions. In different parts of our nation, COVID-19 restrictions are gradually being lifted. Step outside into the sun. Bring someone special with you. It is okay to smile and feel a sense of renewed freedom.
Grab your laptop, notepad, or phone to record the progress you have made. Here is this week’s journal prompt:
What is unconditional love? How does it look or feel to you?
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