Look in the mirror, how do you feel?
Do you love what you see?
Do you easily spot imperfections?
Do you look for things to change?
If you look in the mirror and don’t feel love, your self-esteem may need a boost. Self esteem is how you value yourself. Self esteem is your opinion of yourself and how you view your abilities.
Once you boost your self-esteem, success in other aspects of your life may follow suit. Here are 3 easy ways you can work to build your self-esteem.
Go back to that mirror. What are you saying to yourself? Are you telling yourself what an amazing person you are, or are you nit-picking and complaining about everything you see?
To build self-esteem, you need to say goodbye to negative thoughts. Most people find it helpful to develop positive affirmations and use them to block negative thoughts.
For example, every time you think about how you don't like your body weight, remind yourself that you are perfect just the way you are and don't need to change yourself for anyone. If you don't like your hair, remind yourself that there is more to life than hair, and it will grow out anyways. If you haven’t learned a new skill but want to, remind yourself of all the things you have learned in your life.
Give yourself the grace to be who you are right now, unapologetically.
You may feel terrible about yourself if you don’t take the proper time necessary to care for yourself. This is why you can work to build your self-esteem by taking some time for self-care. Invest in you. Take a day off from work, head to the spa, maybe even unplug from your phone—whatever it takes to help you get the care you need.
Taking care of yourself could mean making that doctor appointment, reaching out to a friend, sharing your truth with others, listening to your favorite song, or doing something out of your comfort zone. Self-care is about YOU. What you want and need to feel better about yourself.
If you struggle with self-care, do an inventory of things you like or love. Make a list, nothing formal, just jot down things that bring you joy. Put that list somewhere you will see it everyday. Don’t hide it in a journal. Post it on your door, mirror or in your car. Then do those things. That is the ultimate self-care.
Everyone has weaknesses, areas in our life we want to improve or skills we want to gain or build. One of the best boosters for self-esteem is picking one of your weaknesses and improving it.
I used to be bad at accepting compliments. Someone said something nice to me and it would send me in a panic. I wasn’t able to fully embrace someone else’s positive thoughts of me. So I decided to listen and accept. Accept that if someone thought enough to say something nice about me to me then the least I can do is say thank you. I replaced the dread with acceptance. Now when someone compliments me I proudly say “ thank you for noticing” or “that’s very nice of you, thanks.
Improving your weaknesses will help you feel better about yourself, and be proud of what you accomplished, which is great for building your self-esteem. When something that used to be your weakness becomes your strength, use it as fuel to propel you towards a successful future.
No matter what you think of yourself, it is highly likely that you could use a self-esteem boost. Start by trying the above three methods, and you may just be surprised at how much and how quickly you can improve your self-esteem to go on to create something amazing!
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