Sometimes the person we need to invest time in and learn to trust is ourselves.
Trust can help bring us closer to other people. Trusting others, such as family members and friends, can reassure us that we’ll be helped when we need it. It’s the foundation of any healthy relationship — including the relationship you have with yourself.
Trusting yourself can build up your confidence, make it easier for you to make decisions, and reduce your stress levels. And the good news is that even if you don’t trust yourself now, with some effort you can build up that trust over time.
There are many reasons we may not trust ourselves. Sometimes we lose trust in ourselves after we make a mistake or after someone criticises us harshly or constantly. It can feel more difficult to make decisions when you can’t trust yourself because you fear you’ll make the wrong choice. Or you might be more prone to criticising your own decisions after you make them.
6 ways you can start to build up trust in yourself.
- Be yourself
- Set reasonable goals
- Be kind to yourself
- Build on your strengths
- Spend time with yourself
- Be decisive