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Do you ever have times where you wonder, “Am I good enough?” Well, you are not alone. Feeling worthless and not enough is challenging, and often painful. Feeling like you don’t match up to the people around you can be stressful, demotivating and even depressing. And if you are feeling like this don’t worry, there is hope.

Below are some resources that will help, but first here are simple things you can do to get back on track.

Firstly, start affirming yourself. In other words, start telling yourself things that you like about yourself – as if you were speaking your best friend. This might be hard at the start, but just think of anything. Literally, ANYTHING. Practice telling yourself that thing again, and again. Seriously, it works, the science doesn’t lie.

Okay, social media makes it super easy to feel like you are not good enough, I know, we have all been there. But you’ll start to feel better when you stop focusing on others and start focusing on yourself.

In the words of Will Smith, “We spend money that we don't have, on things we don't need, to impress people who don't care.”

So, do what makes you — not other people — happy. Feeling like you’re not enough can lead you to take on friends, hobbies, projects or jobs that you think will make you look good, rather than make you happy. But when you do what makes you truly happy you can shake off the weight of judgements and expectations of others

Next, recognise that you have value. Even if you think it is in the smallest way, just acknowledge it. Start small. You don’t have to be the best at everything. Just acknowledge what is important to you, try being the best you can be at whatever it is, and if you fail, don’t let the failure define you.

Finally, recognise the value in others. If you meet you the successes of your friends and family with love and acceptance, eventually they’ll do the same to you.

I hope this helps. Good luck!

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Great
reads

Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, Charlie is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it.

The Courage to be Disliked by Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga
This book shows you how to unlock the power within yourself to become your best and truest self, change your future and find lasting happiness.

I Used To Have A Plan but Life Had Other Ideas by Alessandra Olanow
This book offers advice, inspiration, and encouragement for anyone who needs a shoulder to lean on during a difficult time.

Great
Films

The Blind Side
Michael, a homeless African-American teenager, is adopted by a Caucasian family who help him overcome his learning difficulties and achieve excellence in American football.

Forrest Gump
Forrest, a man with low IQ, recounts the early years of his life when he found himself in the middle of key historical events.

The Help
Skeeter, an aspiring author, decides to write a book on African-American maids and the struggles they face on a daily basis.

Spotify

You were always and always will be good enough. You are a power force of nature and it is time you realise that. This playlist might help!

Podcasts

Why I'm done trying to be "man enough"
Justin Baldoni wants to start a dialogue with men about redefining masculinity -- to figure out ways to be not just good men but good humans.

On Purpose
Jay helps conquer feelings of inferiority and to see yourself as someone who matters. You'll learn how to leave feelings of inferiority behind, why you matter & belong here.

The Vulnerabilitea House with the Imperfects
Missy Higgins joins this episode as she answers vulnerability-invoking questions.

Places to find more resources

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