What To Do When You Feel Worthless In Life?

Last Update on October 26, 2023 : Published on December 30, 2020

When you believe that you are feeling worthless, you find yourself in an insignificant situation when hopes are simply doomed. Although one can find the feeling of worthlessness under depression, low self-esteem, neglect, abuse or trauma and it is even a cause of concern to a person’s identity.

If you are also going through the feeling of worthlessness, remember that you are not alone. Moreover, this feeling could sustain in your life when you are running in a development phase. But the truth is that when we find something not worth, we begin to treat it poorly. Now imagine the treatment towards yourself if you feel worthless!

So why is it that you have such a feeling? Reasons could be many but checkout if you are also struggling through some factors like:

  • Childhood trauma or difficulties during upbringing such as criticism by parents, abused by someone, etc.
  • Constant negative criticism where you have been degraded to the ground.
  • Any mental health disorder
  • Difficulty managing stress

Even if there are other problems that are making you feel low, we will help you with what to do when you feel worthless.

How To Deal With Feelings Of Worthlessness? Try The Methods Below!

1. Be Kind To Yourself

Often we engage in negative thinking and negative self talk about ourselves when worthlessness shows its ugly phase. Yes, it can be difficult to reframe your own thoughts but honestly, you are more powerful than you know. In case you are thinking that ‘you will never be able to achieve your goals’, tell yourself ‘Why wouldn’t I be able to achieve them? Let me take small steps and be steady for it.’

“Be mindful of your self talk. It’s a conversation with the universe.”

2. Find Why Worthlessness Is Keeping Up With You

There are certain situations, thoughts, people or repeated experiences which put you in a feeling of worthlessness. It is possible that you are not aware of such factors and still ruminating within. All you have to do is be mindful of the things bothering you so that its solution could be seeked in the coming future.

“I am better than I used to be. Better than yesterday. But hopefully not as good as I’ll be tomorrow.”

3. Acknowledge Your Accomplishments

Let’s say that there is nothing that can make you feel worthless for the next few minutes. Now figure out your personal accomplishments uptil now. Moreover, note your daily achievements in a book and praise yourself. It is true that one positive thought is stronger than multiple negative thoughts. Hence, you will recognise your worth within a very short period of time.

“The acknowledgement of a single possibility can change everything.”

4. Express Gratitude

express your gratitude

Being grateful to others makes not only others happy but also improves your own well-being. When you say ‘Thank You’ to others, you are actually focusing on the good aspects of yourself without thinking about the negative side. It would be nice if you can keep a gratitude journal with you where a few minutes could be spared to thank 3 different people or things of your life.

“The struggle ends when gratitude begins.”

5. Open Yourself Towards Community

It is possible that someone else is struggling just like you in their life and feeling worthless. Even if it’s a no, step up to help someone else in the community. Your smallest gestures and smiling faces would only bring joy in your life.

Here we have arranged a list of Support Groups You can Join:

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Volunteer for a community, help someone in their well-being, or simply give a compliment to make a person smile. You will find that greater connection comes with a greater purpose.

“Helping others is the way we help ourselves.”

Think Problems, Think Counseling!

Feeling worthless is being harsh to yourself. And if any of the self-care methods are not able to help you, the next step is to ask a professional counselor for help. Talk to a primary care provider or drop us a message at info@calmsage.com to connect an online counselor.

Related: Top 10 Online Therapy and Counseling Programs

One can feel worthless once in a while but it must not persist for a longer period of time. A professional expert can guide you with reframing of thoughts as well as help you with the condition to not get worsened down into other mental disorders.

However, if you are feeling suicidal or thoughts of self-harm have surrounded your mind then it is better to connect yourself with suicide helpline numbers immediately.

About The Author

Akanksha Soni
Akanksha Soni

Akanksha is an active lifestyle blogger and writer at Calmsage. She has learnt various lessons on happiness and methods to fight depression through 'Gurus' as well as own experiences. An ardent practitioner of Yoga and meditation, she keeps traveling, writes and interacts with people to feel alive.


  1. Chris Smith
    Chris Smith

    Count your gratitude and smile that you gave to others and you will see worthiness in their eyes!

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