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Reflection - The Unseen Battle | Embracing Our Inner Turmoil

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Understanding My Inner Battles (Self-doubt & Self-criticism) Through Reflection

I sit alone sometimes, staring out the window or lying awake in bed, and I feel the gnawing sensation of self-doubt. It envelops me like a thick fog, making the path ahead seem unclear and frightening. It whispers, “You’re not good enough. You’ll never make it.” The more I try to silence it, the louder it becomes—a relentless adversary within my mind.

Self-doubt is like an unwelcome houseguest, lurking in the corridors of my thoughts, questioning every decision: "Should you take that job? Are you sure you can handle it?" On the days I give in, it feels like walking through quicksand, each step heavier than the last.

The Sting of Self-Criticism

Then there’s self-criticism, my harshest judge, always ready for a trial. It examines my actions with a microscope, pointing out every flaw, no matter how small. “Look at you. You messed up again.” This familiar refrain stings. The ache of not being enough is sometimes more than just a metaphor—it’s a tangible pain in my chest.

Embracing Our Inner Battles
Understanding Our Inner Battles (Self-doubt & Self-criticism)

The Heat of Anger

I know anger too. It’s the heat that rises in my cheeks when I recall injustices done to me, or times I've failed to advocate for myself. It’s the clenched fists and the gritted teeth over words I wish I had said or things I wish I could change. And when the ashes settle and rage gives way to stillness, regret slips in, whispering of opportunities lost and time wasted.

A New Perspective: Listening Instead of Fighting

But here, in this candid confession, I want to propose something radical—what if we stopped running from these murky depths? What if we sat down next to them instead of fighting these feelings?

Through Coach Ignatius and This Feeling Human, I've learned that these emotions are not my enemies. They are sacred parts of me, waving frantically for attention, asking to be heard, and to be healed.

Lessons from Each Emotion

Self-doubt shows me where I long for confidence and the areas in which I yearn to grow. It urges me to step out of the shadows and into the light of possibility. Self-criticism is the voice that pushes me towards self-reflection and growth. It’s uncomfortable, but also a catalyst for change.

Anger reveals my passion, my love for justice, and my desire for a fair world. Regret is the stern teacher who imparts wisdom and imbues in me a sense of mindfulness for my future choices.

Embracing Our Vulnerabilities

I want to tell you that it’s okay. It’s okay to feel frail sometimes, to have moments when the weight of your thoughts feels unbearably heavy. We are all human, beautifully flawed, and infinitely complex. In embracing the totality of our emotions, we find strength often born from our deepest vulnerabilities.

An Invitation for Courage

So I invite you—I invite myself—to sit with our self-doubt, self-criticism, anger, and regret. Let's unpack them not with fear, but with a spirit of curiosity and compassion. Let's honor these feelings, not as marks of weakness, but as signs of our ongoing evolution as human beings.

Finding Connections and Power in Vulnerability

In this shared journey, as we uncover the raw and real parts of ourselves, we find connection—solace in the universality of our struggles. There’s immense power in that. For in these spaces, when we bravely confront the chaos, we find the glimmers of a profound truth: that even in our darkest moments, our light has the chance to shine the brightest.

It's Time to Pause and Ponder

  1. What are the aspects of yourself that you most often try to ignore or hide, and why might it be important to confront them?

  2. How do your internal battles shape the way you interact with the world and those around you?

  3. Can you recall a time when a personal reflection led to a significant change in your life? What sparked it?

  4. In what ways do you typically cope with emotional pain, and could these strategies be improved through deeper self-reflection?

  5. Do you believe that understanding your internal conflicts can lead to better mental health, and if so, how might you pursue that understanding?

  6. How do you create a safe, non-judgmental space for yourself to work through complex emotions and thoughts?


Engaging in self-reflection and facing our inner turmoil is not just a personal endeavor but a courageous step toward holistic well-being. Embracing our vulnerabilities and conflicts can ultimately lead to a more authentic and fulfilling life. It's through this journey of introspection that we cultivate resilience, empathy, and a deeper understanding of both ourselves and others. Let's not shy away from the unseen battles within; instead, let's acknowledge and work through them, knowing that each step in this introspective process is a stride toward a more empowered and enlightened self.

Reflections by Bev Cuayzon

Bev, a devoted mother at heart, finds joy in working from home. Balancing her roles as a travel consultant, self-published author, and SEO analyst, she's deeply passionate about sharing her knowledge to empower others, particularly fellow mothers. During her journey, Bev discovered the importance of mental wellness. She realized that maintaining a healthy mind is essential for navigating the demands of work, family, and personal pursuits.

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