6 Tips to Improve Your Self-esteem

tips to improve your self-esteem

Self-esteem is the opinion we have of ourselves. It affects how we think, feel and behave. Low self-esteem can lead to depression, anxiety, stress and a whole range of other mental health problems. People with low self-esteem often put themselves down, are overly critical of themselves and see themselves in a negative light. They may also have a poor opinion of their abilities and be reluctant to try new things for fear of failure.

If you are struggling with low self-esteem, here are six tips that can help you improve your confidence and start seeing yourself in a more positive light.

1. Take notice of the things you do well

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Everyone has something they are good at, whether it’s looking after others, cooking or writing. You may also have many other skills that aren’t related to work. Make a list of everything you can think of, even the smallest thing counts. Then ask friends and family what your talents and skills are. You may be surprised at all of the things you discover about yourself, and it will boost your confidence to know you have so many gifts to share with the world.

2. Challenge negative thoughts

Do any of these thoughts sound familiar? ‘I’m not good enough.’ ‘No-one would listen to me anyway.’ ‘I wouldn’t be able to do that.’

If you are beating yourself up with negative thoughts, it’s time to stop. I f you hear one of these thoughts pop into your head, replace it with a positive thought instead. For example if the thought ‘I’m not good enough’ comes into your head, try thinking ‘I may have made mistakes in the past, but everyone does. It doesn’t mean I can’t succeed now.’

3. Focus on your achievements

When you look back over your life, what are your greatest achievements? Have they been work-related, home-related or perhaps things related to hobbies and interests? Everyone has something to be proud of. Look back over your life and write a list of five achievements that you’re most proud of. It may help to ask friends and family for their opinion as well.

4. Find the good in every day

People with low self-esteem often focus on the negative parts of their lives. But you have control over how you think, so instead of only seeing the bad, start noticing all of the good things that happen each day. Try to find at least three positive things every day, even if they are small. Having a more positive outlook can improve your mood and your relationships with others as well as making you feel happier.

5. Remind yourself what’s important to you

What is really important to you in life? What things make it worth getting up every day and giving it your best shot? For example, do you enjoy spending time with family and friends? Or would you like to find out more about a hobby or pastime? Being clear on what’s really important to you can make it easier to recognize the positive things in your life, and this will help to improve your self-esteem.

6. Visualize success

Visualizing is about creating an image in your mind that makes you feel confident and happy with yourself. For example, if you’d like to be a singer, imagine what it feels like when you’re on stage and the crowd is cheering for you. If you’d like to draw or paint, picture yourself creating your work of art. Visualizing success can make the possibilities seem more real, helping you to feel motivated about working towards your goal.

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