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Shame is an intense feeling. It can often include many other emotions and lead to various struggles. We all experience shame slightly differently, and when we feel shame, it can lead to isolation, missed opportunities, anxiety, depression, and so much more. If you are experiencing shame, know that you are not alone; you can overcome those feelings. Here are a few tips to get you started overcoming shame. 


Acknowledge What the Shame Is About


To begin to understand where the shame you feel comes from, you may find it helpful to ask yourself several questions. What are you feeling shame over? Who is involved? When did it occur? Has it ever happened before? Is this a pattern? When you can understand your shame, you can begin to work through it. 


Create Goals for Progress and Change


If something in your life is causing you distress or shame, work on changing it. Create goals that will help lead you towards where you want to be in life. Progress takes time and energy. However, it is worth the time and energy when you experience the changes you have desperately wanted. 


Reach Out for Support


Shame can be powerful and affect every aspect of your life. Learning to reach out for help is essential. Often the shame you experience is many emotions all tangled together. Whether you reach out to a mental health professional or a loved one, talking to someone about what you are experiencing can be beneficial. 


Embrace Who You Are


Sometimes the shame we feel is unnecessary. Society places extreme standards on us, and often we feel ashamed when we do not meet those standards. Work on self-acceptance and self-love. You should never feel ashamed for not being what others expect of you. You are unique, and that is wonderful and powerful.


Feeling shame can affect every aspect of a person’s life. There are many different reasons that shame is experienced, and taking the time to understand your shame will help you work through it. Try to embrace who you are and learn self-acceptance. Here at The Guest House, we know how complicated something like shame can be. Often shame is many feelings all tangled together, surrounded by past experiences and future worries. We are here to help you gain the skills and tools needed to venture down the road to recovery with confidence and success. Call us today to learn how we can support you at (855) 483-7800.