Personal Self-Help ‘IS’ the Best Help!

Did you know that ‘personal self-help ‘IS’ the best help’ for you in achieving personal self-development?

Everyone is self-conscious about something in their lives. We all have things that we would like to change or work on to get to the next level of our personal best. 

There are many tools available to help you on this journey, and you can make yourself a lot better in the process. 

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Personal Self-Help ‘IS’ the Best Help!

Personal self-help has a way of getting you to change the way you think about yourself and your life.

Self-help can make a big difference in your life if you’re willing to put in the work.

Self-help is a good thing; it can make our lives better. This self-help blog article is about ways to help yourself with self-help.

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Here’s the deal.  We all need to do things on our own sometimes. We don’t always get the support we need when we need it. 

Sometimes, we just want to feel like we have some control over our life. It’s important to remember that no matter how bad you may feel, you have the power to change your life. The sooner you realize that the better off you will be.

And I’m here to tell you that you can take charge of your life and your future. You can start today.

When it comes to personal self-help, there’s really no need to reinvent the wheel. So let’s start by making sure we’re on the same page. 

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What is “self-help”?

It means helping yourself—helping your brain, helping your body, helping your emotions, and helping your spirit. It’s about changing your life and becoming a happier, more balanced person. 

And it’s about you—your true self, not what other people think you should be. It’s about learning how to control your own happiness and success. It’s about taking charge of your life and improving your future. 

It’s about the power to create the future you want. It’s about you. It’s the best way to help yourself.

What is Self Help?

We’re all familiar with the term self-help, but what does it really mean?

It is said that “Self-help is the best help”. Self-help means always trying to help yourself without depending on others. If means that whatever you can do or you are in a position to do, you should do it.

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There are a lot of different definitions of self-help out there. But when we talk about self-help, we’re really talking about a type of transformational change we personal do ourselves to change your circumstances in a positive way. Whether you’re looking to quit smoking or lose weight or simply want to start a business, self-help is also a useful tool that will help you achieve your goals.

Self-help is also about helping oneself. If we’re going to help others, we need to first learn how to do the same for ourselves. That is why self-help is so important.

To many people, self-help seems to be a very negative thing. We think of self-help as something we don’t want. But the term, when applied correctly, means helping yourself. Self-help can mean finding ways to be better in your life, in your relationships, or in the way you handle certain situations.

 Why Self Help Works

There are many reasons why self-help works. The first reason is that it allows you to control your life. Self-help doesn’t require you to ask someone else to help you; instead, you work on yourself to make changes.

If you want to stop smoking, for example, then you have to do it yourself. No one is going to come and give you the idea that you should quit smoking. That’s your responsibility.

The second reason is that self-help helps you to stay healthy. It helps you to take care of yourself. When you take care of yourself, you’re more likely to live a long, healthy life. You’ll also feel better if you take care of yourself.

The third reason why self-help works is that it helps you to be optimistic.

It has been proven that people who try to help themselves are more successful than those who don’t. They are much happier as well. 

Benefits of Self Help & Why It Works

There are many good benefits for taking a self-help approach towards addressing your problems and issues. Per mentalhealth.com, they list the following benefits of self-help and why it works:

  • Self-help is empowering. Developing a self-help plan keeps you in control of your own destiny. The skills and methods you learn while engaging in the self-help process are likely to be generally helpful to you across many different aspects of your life. It is also emotionally satisfying to address issues on your own; doing so helps you to feel like a responsible and capable adult.
  • Self-help means a customized plan. Designing your own self-help plan means that you can customize your efforts so that they fit your particular strengths and weaknesses, and reflect your personal choices about how to best address your specific issues.
  • Self-help makes other people feel good about you. Your decision to engage in self-help provides some assurance to other people who may be upset with you because of your issues that you are working on your issues and taking steps to overcome them. In many cases, your self-help efforts will be noticed and appreciated by those people around you who care about you or count on you.
  • You become a role model. If you have children, your pursuit of self-help is an excellent way to teach your children to be self-sufficient and capable when they grow up.
  • Self-help makes you a better, wiser person. By increasing your self-awareness capabilities, self-help efforts can help you learn to recognize potential problems before they occur (or at least early on in their progression) so that you can head them off before they become substantial. As your objectivity (your ability to see things as they are, rather than how you would like them to be) increases, you’ll find yourself increasingly able to be your own best adviser, steering yourself away from bad decisions and towards good ones with a minimum of fuss.
  • Self-help can be a time saver. Pursuing self-help efforts saves you the time you might otherwise need to spend with a therapist or counselor who could help you with your problems.
  • Self-help is private. If you are a private person who gets uncomfortable with the thought of sharing secrets with others, self-help can save you the embarrassment of sharing your issues and problems with another person.

The Power of Self Help

Whether you like to think of yourself as self-reliant or not, this is a powerful tool that can be used to your advantage. The reality is that you don’t need anyone to do everything for you. In fact, if you’re going to get any benefit out of doing things yourself, you’re going to have to take charge of the situation and do it yourself.

The key to self-help is in the “self”.

Self-care is about nurturing yourself on all levels—physical, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually—so you can live, love, and parent optimally.

Per this article from kripalu.org on their article entitled, “Transformative Power Self-Care”, it states: 

“Maybe when you think of self-care, you have visions of pedicures and facials. Indeed, physical self-care is a big part of the overall picture. But eliminating critical thinking, not over-scheduling, releasing the need to be perfect, hiring a babysitter for dates with your partner or yourself, saying no, refusing to do things out of guilt, and giving yourself much-needed rest and downtime to refuel are also integral to total self-care.”

How to Get Unstuck in Your Life and Find Happiness

There are a few ways to be happier and get unstuck in your life. The first thing to do is to have fun and enjoy yourself.

It is important to do what you love. If you do not do this, you will not be happy. The second way is to relax. You should take frequent breaks as necessary when working long and hard at your job or business.

Go out and do something that you enjoy. Do not work so hard that you are too tired to relax.  Remember by learning strategies on how to relax and de-stress, you are one step ahead in the self-help and self-care game. 

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Self Help’s 5 Secrets to Success

You need to learn to live by your own rules. This will not only help your self-esteem but will do wonders for your well-being. 

The following five secrets or tips that follow below will help you to improve your life.

1. Set a firm goal and keep yourself accountable.

2. Don’t wait for perfection — it will never arrive.

3. Develop an open-minded attitude about failure.

4. Take care of yourself before you take care of others.

5. Practice “self-compassion.”

Self Help Books I Can’t Live Without

Per Zack, a contributing author for Medium, “Self-help books are getting popular all the more, way ahead than the fiction. The other name for self-help books is personal growth and who doesn’t love growth…isn’t it?”

There are many self-help books on the market today. The main reason why these books are so popular is because they provide a lot of useful tips and ideas. 

They can be used to improve your life. You should also use them if you want to be successful. They can be very helpful if you want to get motivated and stay focused.

Self-help books can also be a great way to learn from other people’s experience and help improve your life. I’ve personally read over 50 self-help books.

Many of the books I’ve read have helped me to be a better person. I’d like to share some of my favorite self-help books with you with the following list below:

For more details of each book, go check out my blog entitled, “Life-Changing Books That Make You Think”.

Amazing Self Help / Self Care Suggestions

Take a look at the following list of amazing self-help and self-care suggestions you can employ in your own life to improve your personal development and level of happiness.

1. Take the time to get to know yourself.

2. Be open and honest with yourself about what you need and desire.

3. Stop trying to please everyone else.

4. Find a hobby that helps you focus and decompress.

5. Have some alone time each day.

6. Be grateful for everything you have in your life, no matter how small.

7. Set aside time each day to relax, reflect, and unwind.

8. Make time for a spiritual practice that makes you feel at peace.

9. Ask for help when you need it.

10. Take a vacation!

11. Go to sleep early and wake up feeling rested.

12. Do a “good” (aka guilt-free) Netflix binge.

13. Find your happy place and spend time there.

14. Start the day with a healthy breakfast.

15. Write down everything that’s on your mind.

16. Do something kind for someone else.

17. Create a list of all your fears and then do something to address each one.

18. Spend time outside.

19. Get into the habit of walking or taking a hike every day.

20. Set goals and stick to them.

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10 Inspiring Self-Help/Self-Care Quotes for Reflection

To help and inspire you to be more consistent in taking essential time for yourself, Made You Smile Back provides this collection of 10 of the best self-help/self-care quotes.  I hope they resonate with you and provide you with thought-provoking reflection.

“The only time you fail is when you fall down and stay down.”

– Stephen Richards

“All I have is all I need and all I need is all I have in this moment.”

– Byron Katie

Everything is within your power, and your power is within you.

– Janice Trachtman

“Your inner strength is your outer foundation”

– Allan Rufus

“You and your purpose in life are the same thing. Your purpose is to be YOU!”

– George Alexion

“It is not as much about who you used to be, as it is about who you choose to be.”

– Sanhita Baruah

Self-care is never a selfish act — it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer to others.

– Parker Palmer

A healthy self-love means we have no compulsion to justify to ourselves or others why we take vacations, why we sleep late, why we buy new shoes, why we spoil ourselves from time to time. We feel comfortable doing things which add quality and beauty to life.

– Andrew Matthews

Accept yourself, love yourself, and keep moving forward. If you want to fly, you hve to give up what weighs you down.

– Roy T. Bennett

Sometimes saying no to others means saying ‘yes’ to yourself!

– Beth Elkassih

Final Words to Reflect Upon…

It’s important for all reading this blog…, I want to make sure this is very clear.  Self-care is not about being self-indulgent or being selfish.

It’s about learning to take care of yourself so that you can be healthy, you can be well, you can do your job, you can help and care for others, and you can do all the things you need to and want to accomplish in a day.

And once you have learned how to take the best care of yourself… by yourself… you will learn that the ‘best self-help is your own best help!’

Personal Self-Help \'IS\' the Best Help!

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beth elkassih

“Hi! Welcome to the launching and introduction to ‘Made You Smile Back’! I’m so pleased you’re here. Let me share with you a little bit about myself and why I created this platform.”

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