Humans are social beings and the most important relationship in our lives is the relationship we cultivate with ourselves. We are unique and precious, worthy of love and dignity, yet sometimes we find it hard to feel like this within ourselves. Our relationship with ourselves, others and the world is particularly strongly shaped when we have gone through painful experiences in the past, or are currently going through a difficult time in the present.
When we experience something difficult, we often feel lonely, scared, sad, angry, inferior, or powerless inside. Negative thoughts, unpleasant emotions, and bad relationships with other people can hinder us to such an extent that we cannot find a way out of the vicious circle. We feel like we’re losing ourselves and that our lives are losing their meaning. A sign of inner strength at such times is to take care of ourselves and seek help if we feel we need it.