ME and Ophelia

Thursday, October 30, 2003

For anyone suffering from low self esteem

Sometimes it is very difficult to know what to say to comfort someone who is suffering from low self worth and confidence and can't see the wood for the trees. This "Tip of the Day" provided courtesy of ImmuneSupport, seems like a good one to keep in mind and pass on to anyone who may be suffering from low self esteem:

"Living with a chronic illness can have negative impacts on one's self esteem. Author and patient David Spero, R.N., writes, "Make a written list of things you do well - as many as you can think of, but at least five - no matter how small or large. Keep reading the list over and over until you have memorized it, and add more items as you think of them.

Now make a list of five or more things you like about yourself. Next, write a list of your positive attributes, of anything good anyone has ever said about you, and any positive adjectives you can think of that apply to you. Ask a friend or family member for help with the list (and help them with theirs!). Write these lists in big letters, and look at them at least once a day."

(Source: The Art of Getting Well: A Five-Step Plan for Maximizing Health When You Have a Chronic Illness, by David Spero, R.N. Published by Hunter House and available at or by calling 1-800-266-5592.)

# posted by Ingrid J. Jones @ 10/30/2003
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