What to Do When You’re Feeling Down

I’ve had a couple of challenging weeks. One day this week, I was out for a walk and I realized that I felt like a victim of life. I felt like a bunch of bad things were happening to me that I didn’t seem to have any control over.

Later, I was talking with one of my support people and she pointed out that it seemed like I needed to do some things that would make me feel like a grown, bad-ass woman – actions that would make me feel in control, empowered and independent.

So, I started making a list in my head of things I could do that would make me feel empowered. Some of them were easy, some hard. Some of the hard actions became easier when I saw them as a way to feel stronger.

Here are some actions from my list: Going for a 20 minute run without stopping, making a killer dinner, dressing up and going to the theater or a concert, cleaning the whole house in one day, asking a potential new friend out, finishing a long forgotten project, paying my bills, folding my...

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How to Build Confidence: Be a Carebear

Here are 5 things you can do to build confidence:

  1. Send out a confident air. This comes from inside and only works if you fake it until you make it. I challenge you to step away from the “don’t mess with me” stance, and move toward “I am me and you will not be changing that.” Do you remember the Care Bears? They are colorful cartoon bears that had circles with symbols on their bellies. On occasion a beam of light would stream from their bellies and defeat the bad guys, who were usually pretty scary. When we take the time as humans we can feel the energy of another person. Send out your confident energy!
  2. Physical posture. Don’t be afraid to take up space. You live in this world too and deserve a place in it. Think about broadening your shoulders, rather than pushing them back. Think about lifting your head higher and getting taller rather than sticking your chin in the air. Expand.
  3. State your needs. Nothing says confidence like clear...
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