Why not me?

Why not me?
Why not me

It's natural to compare our own lives with those of others - weighing up the pros and cons of situations helps us make decisions. But there can be a downside when you find you're constantly comparing yourself with others, envying their seemingly perfect lives and wondering why they are luckier, more prosperous, and better looking than you.

The risk is that you get trapped in a cycle of envy, that feeling you get when you want a fair share of what someone else has. And you can't be happy when that person does well, either.

Jealousy often arises as protection from feelings of vulnerability and low self-esteem. Bach Flower Mix 44 can help to boost your self-belief and drive away bitterness and resentment.

Bach flowers personal mix

Bach flowers personal mix:

  • Personal combination
  • Based on your symptoms and character
  • Bach flower remedy personally selected by Tom
  • Fast and good results
Discover how Personal Bach flowers remedy - Wizard can help you

Social media: two sides to every coin

Are you envious when you see someone posting on social media about their new job or fantastic holiday? Do you think that everyone else has a better life than you? Let's face it; no one's going to post about a job they hate, a row with their partner, or the holiday from hell! Mostly, people post a flattering, carefully-edited version of their lives.

So the next time you feel jealous and resentful about someone's social media posts, there are a couple of tactics that can help. Firstly, remember that you can only see what they want you to see. The reality might be very different from what you can see on the surface. They may appear to "have it all" and be respected and well-liked. But behind closed doors, their actual lives may be very different. So remember that what you think you know is not always the truth.

Secondly, while the lives of the rich and famous may seem desirable, a glamorous lifestyle has its downsides. For example, would you want to have people scrutinising the details of all your public appearances - and as much of your private life as they can discover?

What do you really want?

Take a moment and think about how you really want your life to be. For example, do you beat yourself up because you don't have a wide circle of friends? Do you wonder why other people are more popular?

Look at things from another perspective and ask yourself what would "being more popular" bring you? Maybe being constantly in demand for social occasions would give you a sense of belonging, but you might find that you miss having time to spend as you like. If you were a high-flyer in your career, you might well be more affluent, and it might boost your self-esteem, but you might be more stressed and unhappy.

Maybe what you want is already close at hand. Perhaps you have a loving partner, a family, pets, a few good friends, and time to spend on hobbies? Would being more popular - especially on social media - make you any happier?

Next time you are envious of something someone else has and ask yourself, "Why not me?", dig down to the essentials of what you think that "something" would give you. The chances are that you already have it!

Would you truly want their life? A comparison game

How much do you truly desire what someone else has? Would you be prepared to swap your life for theirs? The following exercise will help you decide if you want to change direction in your life - it's a comparison game!

Remember that if you want someone else's life, you have to be willing to do a complete swap; that is, you would have to give up your life as it is and swap over to theirs.

Think of someone whose lifestyle you wish you had. Now take some paper and divide it into two columns. In the first column, write down all they have that you don't. For example, do they have a perfect husband or wife, a lovely house, or lots of money?

Then in the second, list everything you have that they don't. Be sure to include everything you appreciate and value in your life - family, friends, or pets. But this time, you're not considering these things as objects, but rather as what they mean to you and the unique connection and relationship that exists between you and your loved ones.

Try to think about specific aspects of your life that you value. For example, do you love finishing work early on Fridays because it gives you time to go paddleboarding in the afternoon?

Look at the two columns. You'll probably discover that the second list is much longer than the first. Now ask yourself, would you be prepared to give up any of the things you love to have the things you envy?

You may well decide that the good things on your list are just as valuable - or even more valuable - than the things the other person has that you've envied.

Pay attention to the good things around you

We feel jealous and bitter because we often forget to pay attention to the good stuff in our lives. Happy people are not necessarily rich, famous or powerful. Instead, they've chosen to be happy by practising gratitude for what they have.

So every day, ask yourself these questions:

  • What am I taking for granted?
  • Who are the people or animals that I love?
  • Who is looking out for me?
  • What advantages do I have?
  • What am I free to do?

Doing this will help you assess what's important in your life and feel more content.

A final thought

We're conditioned to strive to do more and have more in our society. But wealth doesn't always equate to contentment. The things we can acquire through wealth cannot bring lasting happiness. When buying a new car or the latest sneakers, the buzz you get fades rapidly. These things are not valuable in themselves - they stand for other qualities that you can achieve regardless of how rich you are.

Learning to deal with envy will steer you towards contentment, well-being and happiness. Would wealth, reputation or possessions bring you joy or do love, serenity, and the freedom to live your life as you wish bring true happiness?

Of course, that doesn't mean you have to accept that everything stays the same. You can still achieve your goals and dreams, such as finding a more fulfilling job or spending more time with your family and friends. But focusing on gratitude for the things you have instead of envy for the things that others have will lead you to a more well-balanced, happier life.


Sources:

https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/prescriptions-life/201803/how-stop-comparing-yourself-others

https://www.nursingtimes.net/news/mental-health/how-use-of-social-media-and-social-comparison-affect-mental-health-24-02-2020/


Marie Pure

Other articles


7 Reasons Why Your Child is Underperforming

7 Reasons Why Your Child is Underperforming

As parents, we often worry about a poor school report as much, if not more, as our kids do! And if your child's grades are slipping, you'll be looking for reasons and if there's anything you can do to help.

Read the complete article

How to know when to say no

How to know when to say no

It's often difficult to say no, but some people never do! So how do you know when to say no and when to say yes?

Read the complete article

Isn't depression just a fancy word for feeling a bit down

Isn't depression just a fancy word for feeling a bit down?

Mental health issues such as depression and anxiety affect around 1 in 6 people at some stage of their life. Despite it being such a common problem, many sufferers wait months or even years before seeking help.

Read the complete article

Live Forever the Habits of People Who Live a Long, Healthy Life

Live Forever: the Habits of People Who Live a Long, Healthy Life

Legends of immortality have been told and retold throughout history. From ancient Greek myths to modern movies and novels, the dream of eternal youth has been passed down from generation to generation.

Read the complete article

Let's make 2021 better than 2020

Let's make 2021 better than 2020

For many people, 2020 has been one of the worst years they can remember. The COVID -19 pandemic and social unrest have changed our lives in ways we would not have believed possible a year ago. And when January 2021 comes around, we're still likely to be facing many challenges. Can 2021 be a better year?

Read the complete article

Simple tips to not be afraid of the future

Simple tips to not be afraid of the future

No one knows what the future holds, so don't waste time and energy worrying about it. Read our tips and find out how to stop being afraid of what might never happen.

Read the complete article

Find out if you're suffering from imposter syndrome

Find out if you're suffering from imposter syndrome

Do you sometimes feel your achievements are not the result of your hard work and skill but are just luck? And do you fear that one day, someone will reveal you as an imposter or fraud? You might have imposter syndrome!

Read the complete article

Do you 'Musturbate' too much

Do you 'Musturbate' too much?

Do you suffer from a disorder known as "musturbation"? This term was first coined in the 1950s by psychotherapist Albert Ellis and described the way a negative inner voice rules our minds and bludgeons us with words such as "must", "should", and "ought".

Read the complete article

How to break your bad habits

How to break your bad habits

Bad habits waste your energy and time. They disrupt your life, risk your health and stop you from achieving your aims. So why do we do them? And what can we do to break our bad habits?

Read the complete article

How to spot toxic behaviour

How to spot toxic behaviour

You see the word "toxic" everywhere these days, but what does it really mean? You've almost certainly come across someone who fits the description. Dealing with difficult personalities can be challenging and emotionally exhausting, to say the least.

Read the complete article

Free personal advice for your problem?

Are you unsure which Bach flowers can help you? Contact Tom for free advice.

tom vermeersch
Tom Vermeersch

Yes, I want free advice

No thanks, I will do my own research