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    Paula Thompson

    How Do I Break Free from Jealousy and Low Self-Esteem?

    Dear eNotAlone: I have a serious problem that is destroying my self-esteem and relationships in life. It all boils down to jealousy and low self-esteem. I can't help feeling jealous of people who seem to have more success than me, both in their work and personal lives. No matter how hard I try, I find it impossible not to compare myself to them, and I get overwhelmed by feelings that I'm being deprived of something. I'm unable to look past these jealous feelings and build meaningful relationships or truly accept the successes of those around me. On top of this, I'm conscious of my shortcomings, so even when I do have successes, they never feel substantial. I feel like it's one thing after the other and I'm constantly battling against an uphill battle.

    It's having a huge impact on my life, making it difficult to escape from the insecurities and negative thoughts. I feel like I'm stuck in a spiralling cycle of jealousy and frustration that just leaves me feeling like I'm not good enough. I'm struggling to break free from the fears and doubts that are holding me back and start to rebuild my self-esteem.

    I'm looking for advice on how to break free from these negative emotions and look at situations without jealousy and suspicion. How can I accept successes in others without feeling envious? How do I start to build my own self-confidence and esteem again?

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    Do you ever find it difficult to see the best in people? Does it feel like there's no way to escape the jealous and frustrated emotions that take over your life? If so, you're not alone. Low self-esteem and jealousy can be overwhelming emotions that can leave us feeling drained and unmotivated.

    Fortunately, you can take steps to break free from these destructive emotions. It's important to remember that feelings of jealousy and envy don't need to overwhelm our lives. Instead, we can choose to focus on our own strengths and successes, and use them as tools to rebuild our self-esteem. Here are some strategies to help you take control of your jealous thoughts and start rebuilding your self-confidence.

    First and foremost, the key to breaking free from your jealous feelings is cultivating a positive mindset. Understand that comparing yourself to other people isn't productive or helpful; it will only make you feel worse. So, instead, it's important to focus on being kinder to yourself and setting realistic goals. When you start to feel down, take some time to think positively about yourself. Celebrate your achievements, no matter how small, and keep a gratitude journal – writing down three things you're thankful for each day – this will help change your mindset.

    It's also important to practice self-compassion. Showing kindness and understanding towards yourself can help counter those feelings of jealousy and envy. That doesn't mean wallowing in negative feelings; but it does mean actively showing care and concern for your own wellbeing. This could involve activities like meditation and gentle exercise, as well as setting aside proper time for relaxation and planning activities that bring you joy.

    It's essential to recognize and accept your emotions without judgement. When jealous or envious thoughts arise, try to acknowledge them without being too hard on yourself. You don't need to act on these emotions – simply notice them and accept them without judgement. This will allow you to take a step back and focus on your own accomplishments and successes.

    No one likes to feel jealous or envious, but you can take steps to break free from these negative emotions. Start with cultivating a more positive mindset and practicing self-compassion. This will help you recognize and accept the emotion, and eventually replace it with feelings of confidence and accomplishment. With a bit of effort, you can start to embrace successes in others, and begin to build your own self-esteem.

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