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10 Tips That Will Help Strengthen Your Self-Esteem And Leave You Feeling Great About Yourself
Your self-esteem is more than just the confidence you have in yourself. It goes much deeper than that, down into your feelings of self-worth and how much you respect yourself. You need to strengthen your self-esteem because it affects everything about you, from the decisions you make to your overall outlook on the world. My general outlook on life is positive.
A strong and healthy self-esteem is one of the main building blocks of a happy and healthy you. With a healthy self-esteem, you can have the confidence to do well in the world, as well as the self-respect to make good decisions. Life isn’t always happy and perfect, but great.
Sure, there are not so great moments too, but how you deal with will help you move past those roadblocks and strengthen your self-esteem.
“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” – Lucille Ball
Today, I am feeling better about some not so nice things that happened last week. You see, I let words get to me. Words can be hurtful, but when you know who you are, and you are confident in your skin, it is easier to let words roll off your back. This is something that is an on-going process for me. What I am getting at is that things that happen in your day can affect your self-esteem.
In order to strengthen your self-esteem, you need to understand what it is right? Self-esteem reflects a person’s overall emotional evaluation of his or her own worth. It is a judgment of oneself as well as an attitude toward the self, both negative and positive.
Factors That Influence Your Self-Esteem
There are many factors in life that influence your self-esteem. These factors can either build your self-esteem up, or pull you down.
Childhood – Your childhood is one of the main contributing influences to your self-esteem. As you grow up and as your personality is developing, everyone around you has the potential to influence the person you become. The way the treat you, talk to you, their general interaction with you will influence your self-esteem.
Society – The pressures of society are a main contributor of low self-esteem. Society makes a variety of demands to we are expected to live up to. Live a certain way, dress a certain way, have a particular kind of job, etc. These pressures can weigh on you, and succumbing to the pressure can often lead to low self-esteem.
Media – We have an absolute obsession with the media. News, print ads, television, and social media. These sources contribute to the dilemma of widespread self-esteem issues, especially in today’s youth. The ready access of social media helps to influence young minds with the pressure to look, act, or otherwise be like celebrities, and public figures. Even as an adult, it can be hard not to compare yourself to others.
Friends and Family – The people you spend time with have a big influence on your self-esteem. Your friends can help you build up your confidence, self-image, and self-respect, or they can bring you down. Some people even purposefully bring each other down to build themselves up, whether or not they are aware of what they are doing. Feelings of inadequacy when it comes to providing for your family can add to a low self-esteem, while a family that works together and builds each other up can contribute to a healthy self-esteem.
Romantic Involvements – All relationships can influence your self-esteem. Relationships with parents, siblings, friends, and colleagues. Romantic relationships tend to have the biggest effect. Being in a happy and loving relationship can boost your self-esteem. A bad relationship can hurt and bring you down. Leaving you feeling sad and lonely, which can also weigh heavily on your confidence and self-esteem.
Work Environment – You spend so much of your life at work or at school, so it’s no wonder that that environment would influence every aspect of your life, including your self-esteem. A stressful and overly demanding job can often contribute to a low self-esteem, while a productive and encouraging workplace can help you grow stronger.
Here Are Ten Tips On How To Strengthen Your Self-Esteem
1. Stop the Criticism
Without this, the rest of these tips cannot work or be helpful to you. Find the strength to stop criticizing yourself so much. You cannot expect yourself to be perfect any more than anyone else can. When you learn how to embrace your faults, you are more likely to forgive the flaws of others.
Yes, you should speak positive affirmations to yourself, but it is even more important to avoid generic positive affirmations. Don’t tell yourself you are beautiful, fantastic or wonderful if you don’t really believe it. Positive affirmations will only work for you if you believe what you are telling yourself.
2. Make a List
I am a list maker and an organizer. To-do here, to-do there, check my daily planner, and items to my calendar, plan, plan, plan. So after planning the day or week for myself and my family, toddler in bed, I retreat for some me time. I use my “me-time” so self-care and meditation.
To strengthen your self-esteem, you should make “pro” and “con” list.
Write down what you do and do not like about yourself. Be specific and resist the impulse to just write things like “I hate my hair”, “I am too fat”, I am so skinny”, I wish I had bigger boobs”.
When you are very specific you might find that you have less to dislike than you think.
3. Set Realistic Goals
What are realistic goals? These are goals that you are likely to meet because they are short-term achievable goals. For this reason, I never make New Year’s resolutions.
They do not work and will be long forgotten by March. Set personal goals for yourself so you have something to work for, and set up a reward system as well. Let go of the unrealistic goals. For example, don’t expect to be able to run ten miles the first time you try or attempt to lose 50kg in a month.
Make small, realistic goals and you will always have something to look forward to.
4. Take Care of Yourself
Learn how to practice self-care and self-love. Eat right, exercise, and get plenty of sleep. Take care of yourself, and take pride in your body and mind. When you take care of yourself, you show yourself and those around you that you are strong enough to take care of others too. Here are some products I love to use.
5. Identify Areas Of Strength
In order to strengthen your self-esteem, you have to identify what you’re good at. We are all good at something.
There is something you do well, or what you do that other people appreciate. Mind you, this may not be what you LOVE doing. Lots of people love to dance and sing, but quite frankly they suck at it.
You might be good at baking, or painting. No matter what it is, the thing you excel at will help boost and strengthen your self-esteem.Our first and last love is self-love. - Christian Nestell BoveeClick To Tweet
6. Don’t Make Comparisons
We are all unique and different. Why does it make sense to ever compare yourself to other people? It is unrealistic and unhealthy. Take pride in what sets you apart.
7. Treat Yourself Well
Don’t we all love to have fun? Laugh, dream and be happy? Show yourself a good time every once in a while, or treat yourself to something special. Do small things, like taking the time to indulge in a good book or a home spa treatment, these can do wonders to help strengthen your self-esteem.
This one isn’t for everyone, but meditation can feed your soul. Not talking about sitting cross-legged and humming. It is about taking the time to release your mind and body from all of the stress, closing your eyes, and focusing on centring yourself. It is a great stress reliever and could help you connect with your inner self.
Self-love is the source of all our other loves. - Pierre CorneilleClick To Tweet
9. Make Good Decisions
Or at least try. We have all made bad decisions and mistakes in life. This post won’t make you free of mistakes but help you think about what you can do to avoid bad decisions.
Good self-esteem is also about having self-respect. Making good decisions in all walks of life will help you maintain that self-respect.
10. The Truth About Perfection
The truth about perfection is that it doesn’t exist. No one is perfect, everyone makes mistakes, and those mistakes are all part of the adventure of life. Don’t get hung up on things that you might not do just right, or if something isn’t perfect because there is no such thing.
A healthy self-esteem can change your life. People with healthy self-esteem are more likely to make good decisions, work harder towards accomplishment, and live happier lives. With these tips, you can strengthen your self-esteem, and let go of emotional pain, hurt, and anxiety.
What are you doing to strengthen your self-esteem? Share with me in the comments section below.