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A Woman's Price Tag : How to Value Yourself

By Shatyra Williams, MSW, RSW

Published March 2014

Recognizing your value is a vital part of caring for yourself as a woman. So often, we wait to be given a price tag from those around us. Our partners, our families, and our employers tell us our worth by either complimenting us, promoting us, or neglecting us. Women often put their families, friends, and responsibilities first and forget themselves along the way.

How to Value Yourself:  Initiate, Create, and Demonstrate

 

Initiate


Personal value cannot come from external sources. You must take the initiative to develop a lifestyle that highlights and enhances the many qualities you possess. Don't wait for a criticism to make you want to change. Don’t wait for a compliment to make you love something about yourself. Take charge and validate yourself.

 

Create


In order for you to feel content and appreciative of yourself you need to do what fulfills you. 

Create a strategy to keep yourself feeling good. This could include: a new hair care routine, sticking to a fitness schedule, making healthy diet choices, prioritizing your time, or improving your skills of a favourite hobby. Taking care of yourself enhances self-appreciation.


Demonstrate


Demonstrating your price tag (or self-value) is not about showing off or being conceited. It's about setting the tone for your interactions with others. If you won't break a promise to yourself, you are showing others around you that you are worth keeping a promise to. If you demonstrate, self-love, self-respect, and self-care, you are teaching those around you how to treat you.

About the Author

Shatyra Williams MSW, RSW is a Toronto-based Social Worker with a passion for women's wellness. As Program Manager of RWRJ's Artistic Healing Group, Shatyra teaches healthy coping strategies for women survivors of trauma. Through a variety of creative educational techniques Shatyra helps women to challenge themselves, to embrace their imperfections, and to love their journey. 

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