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When Is Self-Worth Most Important?

Updated: Jan 26, 2023

Self-worth can fluctuate at different stages in life due to various factors, such as changes in personal circumstances, relationships, or careers. Here are a few examples of how self-worth may be affected at different stages of life:

  1. Childhood: Children are still developing their sense of self-worth, significantly impacted by how their parents, caregivers and peers treat them. Children who are regularly praised, encouraged and treated with respect tend to develop a healthy sense of self-worth. On the other hand, children who are criticized, neglected or abused may develop a negative sense of self-worth.

  2. Adolescence: Adolescents face many changes and challenges, such as physical changes, social pressures, and academic expectations. This can make it difficult for them to maintain positive self-worth. Adolescents may struggle with self-doubt, insecurity, and feelings of inadequacy. Maintaining self-worth can become overwhelmingly tricky when so much social media invades their emotional landscape.

  3. Early adulthood: Young adults may experience a decline in self-worth as they navigate the challenges of establishing independence, building a career, and forming intimate relationships. They may struggle with feelings of inadequacy, uncertainty, and self-doubt.

  4. Middle age: For many people, mid-life is a time of acute and rapid transition, as they may face changes in their relationships, career, and health. The onslaught of change can lead to feelings of insecurity, self-doubt, and a decline in self-worth. However, some people may find that this is a time of increased self-awareness and self-acceptance, which can lead to an increasing sense of self-worth and confidence.

  5. Later life: As people age, they may experience a decline in physical and mental abilities, leading to feelings of worthlessness and self-doubt. However, based on inner resources acquired over a lifetime, family and social support, some people may find that, like in their middle-aged years, this period can also lead to increased self-awareness and self-acceptance and healthy self-worth.

It's important to note that every person is unique, and self-worth can fluctuate depending on many factors such as personality, life experiences and values. Some people may have a more stable sense of self-worth throughout their life, while others may experience more fluctuations.

If self-worth is consistently low and negatively impacting your life, it may be beneficial to seek professional help. A therapist or counsellor can help you work through any underlying issues contributing to your low self-worth and help you develop strategies for building a more positive sense of self-worth. Transition or recovery coaching can help you redefine what is essential to you, what gives meaning to your days, where you still find your bliss and co-create a wellness plan to keep you happy, active, and a loved individual in your community.

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