Self-Doubt: How to Know If Self-Doubt Is Interfering with Your Recovery
- “I’m never going to get better.”
- “Nothing ever works for me. This will just be one more failure.”
- “I won’t be able to do this.”
- “This might work for others, but not for me.”
- “I guess I just have to accept this as my life.”
Signs That Self-Doubt Is Limiting Your Recovery
While self-doubt can pop up in many different areas of life, for the purposes of this article, we’re referring to doubt relating to your ability to recover from your limbic system condition(s). Whether you’ve already started the re-origin program or just learned about it, these thoughts of self-doubt act as roadblocks to recovery.
We’ll explain how self-doubt hinders the recovery process shortly, but before we do, let’s go over how you can recognize if you’re caught in a self-doubt cycle. Here are some thought patterns, feelings, and other signs that may suggest self-doubt is interfering with your recovery:
- You have a limbic system disorder, yet you don’t believe re-origin can work for you.
- You feel like you’ve been unwell for too long to recover.
- You feel like the program will work for everyone else except you.
- You feel like you won’t be able to do the exercises correctly.
- You feel confident in and committed to the program for stretches of time, but then experience self-doubt and discontinue your retraining or lose your confidence in it.
- You feel that you’ve been let down by so many treatments and believe that re-origin won’t be any different.
- You rush through the exercises or do them in a frantic way to compensate for your doubt.
- You feel unable to connect with the exercises in a productive, deep way.
- You feel overwhelmed when doing the exercises or thinking about doing them.
- You often worry that maybe your doctors missed something or wonder if you should try a different treatment. (Side note: It’s crucial to get a thorough physical examination by a doctor before beginning this program. If they cannot find anything wrong or tell you that you have fibromyalgia, post-viral fatigue, or another limbic system condition, you can feel confident going all-in with re-origin.)
How Self-Doubt Can Impact Our Perceived Abilities & Behavior
Operating from the belief that you can’t recover leads to hesitation, inaction, and/or applying the program in a frantic, rushed way.
All of these things are counterproductive to recovery. If you don’t take action due to doubt, naturally, you won’t reap the benefits of the program. Additionally, if you approach the program in a frantic way, you’ll be sending a signal to your amygdala, the fear center of your brain, that you’re in danger, which is the opposite of what you want to be teaching your brain.
When you approach re-origin in a hesitant or frantic way, the program won’t have the optimal effect, which will (incorrectly) confirm to your doubtful brain that it won’t work for you. This, in turn, creates more self-doubt and may lead you to skip days, struggle to connect with the exercises, or even give up on the program completely. Can you see how easily self-doubt can hamper your progress?
re-origin works best when you approach it with belief, confidence, and calmness. These attitudes and feelings not only promote action, but also encourage the amygdala to stop firing faulty danger signals that are perpetuating your condition(s).
Common Methods For Overcoming Self-Doubt
- Remember past obstacles and fears and how you conquered them.
- Try not to compare yourself to others.
- Practice mindfulness and become aware of your thinking patterns.
- Spend time with supportive people.
- Remember that you’re your harshest critic.
re-origin’s Solution To Overcoming Self-Doubt
Frequently Asked Questions
- Feeling like this program won’t work for you, despite being diagnosed with a limbic system disorder, such as fibromyalgia, chronic pain, chronic Lyme, post-viral fatigue, OCD, anxiety, depression, or multiple chemical sensitivities.
- Feeling like everyone else has the ability to recover using this program except you.
- Feeling overwhelmed and frantic while doing the program.
A Final Word from re-origin
- Fuchs, E., & Flügge, G. (2014). Adult neuroplasticity: more than 40 years of research. Neural plasticity, 2014, 541870. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4026979/
- The power of small wins. (2011). Human Resource Management International Digest, 19(7). https://doi.org/10.1108/hrmid.2011.04419gaa.015
- ATR Brain Information Communication Research Laboratry Group. (2016, December 15). Manipulating brain activity to boost confidence: New breakthrough in neuroscience: Self confidence can be directly amplified in the brain. ScienceDaily. Available from: www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/12/161215085902.htm