Dealing with self-doubt

I’m willing to bet that at some point in our lives, we have experienced insecurity or self-doubt. It’s arguably an inevitable occurrence for all of us from time to time, and when it does happen, it’s pretty shitty.

For those of us who tend to run into self-doubt more frequently than not, it becomes apparent rather quickly that it affects us pretty tremendously in a mental context. Dealing with insecurity on a day-to-day basis is exhausting, both mentally and physically, and over time, the doubt we have with ourselves becomes, unfortunately, somewhat normal.

I have anxiety as well as Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder, so self-doubt has become a pretty consistent presence in my life. I was actually unaware of just how severely my insecurities were impacting and interfering with my daily life until my parents and my sister pointed it out to me. Hearing them list the ways in which self-doubt dominates my actions and behaviours was a tough pill to swallow, but I can honestly say that their mention of these issues has helped me to become that much more aware of them as I attempt to get them under control.

I may not have concrete suggestions regarding how to go about entirely eradicating self-doubt from our lives, but I do have a few methods I’ve been working on. When I begin to doubt myself, I try to simultaneously reason with myself in a logical manner. I find thinking logically and presenting evidence to myself concerning a particular circumstance helps me to get my anxiety under control and prevents it from worsening further, for example.

Having to encounter self-doubt on a frequent basis is debilitating, but it isn’t permanent or incurable. With the right tools and strategies, it can be controlled, and I encourage anyone dealing with this problem to seek out support and treatment.

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