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How to Improve Your Self-esteem

Self-esteem or confidence is made-up of our feelings, beliefs, and thoughts about ourselves. Our level of self-esteem is changing over time since how we feel about ourselves is constantly changing.

Having low self-esteem hurts your personal, school, career life, health, and relationships. It negatively affects the way you socialize and communicate.

But there are many ways to improve your self-esteem and feel a lot better for yourself. In this article, we are going to show you ways on how to improve self-esteem.

Self-esteem

1. Consider your opinions and beliefs carefully. 

Concentrate on thoughts that are good, constructive, and encouraging. Keep in mind that you, too, are a unique individual who deserves respect and love from both others and yourself. Try the following tactics:

Make upbeat statements. Be optimistic and avoid pessimism’s self-fulfilling narrative. If you assume awful things to happen, they almost always do; one possible explanation is that we are terrified of our own words.

For instance, if you expect a presentation to go badly, it just could. Instead, focus on the positive. “Even though it will be difficult, I can manage this presentation,” tell yourself.

2. Set objectives and expectations for yourself. 

List the things you wanted to complete and then accomplish them. You might want to donate more, start a new interest, or spend more time with your friends, for example.

Assure your expectations and ambitions are realistic. Working hard for impossible things will only sink your self-esteem, not boost it.

Don’t, for example, decide at 40 that you dream of playing professional basketball. That is unreasonable, as your self-esteem will most likely suffer as you understand how much further away and impossible that objective is, as well as the effort and time it will take to reclaim your initial self-esteem.

3. Make sure to look after yourself

We spend a lot of time caring and thinking about other people, and we tend to forget about our own mental and physical health. However, many people feel bad about themselves, and they think that putting effort and time into themselves is just a waste of time and pointless.

But the truth is, taking good care of yourself helps you feel a lot better about yourself. The healthier your body and mind are, the more likely you will be content with yourself.

It is essential to understand that taking good care of your own body does not mean that you need to be super fit, flawless, to the point that you are so skinny. It just means that you are doing what you can to be fit and healthy, whatever you look like.

Practice ways to keep yourself healthy like exercising regularly, visiting your trusted dentist routinely, eating nutritious meals, and doing activities that will keep you happy.

4. Take a look back at your life, remember what you have accomplished

It is more likely that you haven’t given yourself enough recognition for what you have accomplished in your life. Take note that you need to impress yourself, not other people.

Have time to look back and remember all your achievements in the past, no matter if it’s big or small. Looking back would not only give you a better understanding of these achievements. But it can also make you realize your role in this world. Even the worth you can provide to the society and people around you.

Remember not to let your ego get the best of you. Do these things carefully. Avoid thoughts that could build up your ego in your mind.

5. Engage in activities that you enjoy

Each day, have time to do anything that boosts your mood. It could be reading, cooking, gardening, exercising, or simply talking to your partner. Do not feel guilty or bad for having time to enjoy. Repeat that sentence in your mind as many times as necessary.

Try new and different activities. There’s a high chance to learn new skills or talents that you didn’t know you had. You can try running track to remember that you have skills in long-distance running. Knowing something you didn’t before can help improve your self-esteem.

6. Keep in mind that nobody is perfect

Let go of that idea that you need to be perfect. We are just humans, and nobody is perfect. We are born with flaws. Nobody will have a perfect life, perfect body, perfect job, or even perfect family.

Perfection is just a false concept created and propagated by the media and society. And it causes significant harm to most people, making them think that perfection is possible and attainable. But the truth is, no one is capable of such a thing.

So, focus on putting in a considerable effort rather than aiming for perfection. You won’t be able to do it if you are afraid that you won’t do it perfectly.

Apply these steps above for each day of your life, and it will surely boost your self-esteem. Make it a lifestyle to reach a high level of confidence.

Jeremy D. Mena
Alcohol geek. Future teen idol. Web practitioner. Problem solver. Certified bacon guru. Spent 2002-2009 researching plush toys in Miami, FL. Won several awards for exporting tar in Libya. Uniquely-equipped for managing human growth hormone in Libya. Spent a weekend implementing fried chicken on the black market. Spoke at an international conference about working on carnival rides in Miami, FL. Developed several new methods for donating jack-in-the-boxes in Edison, NJ.