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Life is a journey filled with ups and downs, and adversity often knocks on our door unexpectedly. There are many types of adversity, from work-related stress, financial adversity, emotional adversity, health setbacks, issues in our personal relationships or challenges that affect our professional relationships. Some of these situations you may be familiar with, while others have just started to rear their ugly heads in your journey. No matter the kind, adversity in all of its forms tests our ability to overcome self doubt, face difficulties with grace, and harness our inner strength. In these moments, it’s crucial to recognize the significance of self-worth as a guiding compass that empowers us to navigate through challenges with resilience. Everyone faces adversity; it’s an inevitable part of life. But by facing adversity head on, we tap into this wonderful power of the human spirit that propel us through any and all of life’s challenges. In this blog post, we will explore the art of overcoming adversity in everyday life and shed light on the pivotal role of self-worth in cultivating a growth mindset and unwavering determination. By recognizing adversity in our daily lives, we give ourselves a chance to develop resilience and a positive mindset — and best of all, by embracing our self-worth, we rise above adversity and emerge stronger than ever before.

Work-related adversity

Work — no matter if you’re working at your dream job, starting a business, or settled in a career, the demands of the workplace are a common source of adversity. So common, in fact, that the American Institute of Stress found that over 83% of US workers suffer from work-related stress, with over 25% of respondents reporting their work as being the number one stressor in their lives! Corporate research generally agrees that workplace stress levels experienced by employees are exacerbated by a variety of common factors, including:
  • Inappropriate, excessive workload
  • Hostile work environment
  • Lack of support from management
  • Poor communication
  • Bullying
  • Difficult or inflexible working hours
  • Lack of team cohesion
While steps for changing an entire workplace culture is outside the scope of this blog post, there are ways you can minimize the impact of work-related adversity in your daily life through setting proper boundaries, advocating for your mental health, and asserting your self worth. Self-worth enables us to recognize our value beyond our accomplishments, reducing the impact of external pressures on our self-esteem. By understanding that our worth is not solely defined by our ability to be productive, we can approach work-related challenges with a sense of balance and self-assurance, fostering a positive work environment and promoting personal growth.

Financial adversity

Financial adversity can be particularly overwhelming, and its impact is felt in nearly every aspect of our lives. A lack of financial security can cause significant psychological distress, and it can be exacerbated by things outside of our control such as an unfortunate event or accident, physical injuries, job loss, or long term medical issues that damage our physical health and incur significant financial cost. Even changes that we know to be positive in the long term but financially stressful in the short term can cause difficulty, a good example being a career change. Dealing with financial adversity requires focus, determination, and an ability to quiet the negative thoughts that freeze us into inaction. Self-worth helps us maintain a sense of inner strength and resilience, allowing us to separate our self-value from our financial situation. With a strong sense of self-worth, we can adopt a proactive approach to manage finances, overcome challenges, seek support when needed, and make informed decisions that align with our long-term goals.

Emotional adversity

Tough times are a part of life, and it takes tremendous mental strength to keep not only our bodies healthy, but our minds as well. Life sometimes throws us hurdles in the form of emotional adversity, also known as mental adversity. Emotional adversity refers to the challenges and stressors that provoke strong emotional reactions and can significantly impact our ability to maintain our well being, fulfill obligations, and support healthy relationships. They can include many types of adverse experiences of varying degrees, such as personal loss, trauma, major life changes, or dealing with an ongoing emotional or mental problem. Mental illness like depression or anxiety, which directly affect our emotions, are particularly challenging. Even the most successful people experience some form of emotional hardship or mental adversity, but a person’s ability to overcome these challenges is rooted in healthy coping strategies, ability to recognize negative emotions, and having faith in our capabilities to face the world and all of its adversity. Mental health resources are becoming much more commonplace in the professional world, and they are important additional tools for facing adversity with strength and self awareness.

Health setbacks

Health challenges can disrupt our daily lives and affect our emotional well-being. Resilient people overcome these setbacks through advocating for their health and prioritizing physical well being — the old saying is really true: nothing is worth more than your health. Unforeseen health crises are one thing, but we can reduce stress surrounding physical health and improve our chances of overcoming them by getting regular exercise, practicing a calming breathing exercise, and checking in with our bodies to make sure we are not sacrificing our health as we move closer towards our goals. Building resilience prepares us to face health-related adversity, with a recent review finding that cognitive restructuring that focuses on strengths rather than perceived weaknesses is an effective method for building mental fortitude and cultivating resilience in chronic pain patients. Cultivating self-worth enables us to prioritize self-care and seek necessary support during difficult times. Recognizing our intrinsic value empowers us to advocate for our health, adhere to treatment plans, and embrace self-compassion, fostering a positive mindset that aids in the healing process.

Relationship issues

Navigating conflicts and challenges in relationships can be emotionally draining. No matter how healthy, supportive, and positive your relationships in life are, conflict is inevitable. Whether you are quarreling with a significant other, dealing with a disagreement among friends or family members, or experiencing difficulty with a parental figure, all of these conflicts can impact your everyday happiness. Self-worth provides a strong foundation for healthy boundaries and effective communication. By valuing ourselves, we can assert our needs, engage in constructive dialogues, and make choices that promote our emotional well-being. Healthy self-worth allows us to foster nurturing connections and seek relationships that align with our values and growth.


Adversity is an inevitable part of life, but with a strong sense of self-worth, we can navigate these challenges with unwavering strength and resilience. If you ever find that life seems to be throwing problem after problem your way, I encourage you to remember your worth, have faith in your ability to overcome adversity, and practice self compassion as you develop effective strategies for solving any challenge that appears. Embracing our intrinsic value empowers us to approach work, finances, health, relationships, and personal struggles with self-compassion and determination. By cultivating self-worth, we transform adversity into opportunities for growth, tamper down negative emotions, and ensure that we emerge from life’s challenges stronger, wiser, and more empowered than ever before. Let self-worth be our guiding light, illuminating our path as we journey through the highs and lows of everyday life.

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