8 Ways to Boost Your Self Esteem
“The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.” ― Michel de Montaigne
There’s nothing greater than self-acceptance. Feeling confident in yourself is the best way to live your life. Self-esteem affects everything, from your relationships and professional life to your mental well-being.
Building your self worth is not something that happens overnight. It’s a process that takes time. The most important thing you can do is recognize what you need to work on, and do your best to address it. Here are 8 things you can do to boost your self-confidence on a daily basis.
1. Prioritize self care
Prioritizing self-care is the first step in building a higher self esteem. If you don’t feel healthy inside and out, it’s hard to feel good about yourself. This affects your ability to stay happy and motivated on a daily basis.
Challenge yourself to exercise more – sign up to the gym, join a sport or do regular workouts at home. Staying active on a daily basis will keep you energized, boost your mood and improve your sleep. Try to track your fitness progress overtime – this will give you something to work towards. Balance a regular exercise routine with a healthy diet, and you’re on the right track to a stronger self-image.
2. Be kind to yourself
We all have moments where we’re critical of ourselves. When you suffer from low self-esteem, this negative self-talk can become a habit that’s tough to avoid. Whenever you have these moments, just remember that these thoughts are irrational. Try to challenge these negative thoughts with positive affirmations. Speak positively to yourself and don’t put yourself down when talking to other people.
3. Avoid comparison
It’s human nature to compare ourselves to others. But making comparisons to other people can lead you down a dark road of negative self-talk. Remember that everyone has their own problems and nobody is perfect. Even if someone appears confident on the outside, it doesn’t mean they have it all figured out. Just because someone else appears super successful, doesn’t make you any less worthy. Focus on yourself and forget about what everyone else is doing.
4. Face your fears
Challenge yourself to do something that scares you. Apply for that scary job, try a new activity, or talk to a stranger. No matter how big or small the challenge is, you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment once you’ve done it. Getting out of your comfort zone and challenging boundaries or the status quo is the best way to boost self-confidence.
5. Be good to others
Being good to other people is important for your self-worth. When we’re kind to others, it makes us feel good inside. Don’t let your low self-esteem affect the way you treat people.
6. Start a new hobby
Find a new hobby that you can grow at. Having the opportunity to improve your skills will help to boost your confidence. Having a hobby can also be a great escape for when you’re feeling low. We all need to have time for ourselves where we can do things that make us happy.
7. Spend time with the right people
The people you hang around can influence your thoughts and behaviors. It’s okay to cut out those people in your life that aren’t good for you. Spend your time with people who will lift you up, support you and help you grow.
8. Learn from your mistakes
It sounds cliche, but making mistakes are a part of life. Don’t beat yourself up about your failures or disappointments. Instead, use them as an opportunity for personal growth. Focus on growing your confidence and self-esteem by focusing on what you can do better, rather than dwelling on the unescapable mistakes of your part.
Guest Writer Bio
Harper Reid hails from the beautiful “City of Sails” – Auckland, New Zealand. Writing is her passion and therapy. As a fun-loving introvert, she enjoys occasional road trips and nights out with friends, but also loves retreating to her own little space with her favorite classic novels. Her hobbies include hiking, reading literary fiction, wine tasting, and yoga.