8 Ways to Improve your Self-Esteem
In its most basic terms, self-esteem is your opinion of yourself and your abilities. It can be high, low or somewhere in-between.
Our self-esteem can be manipulated in many ways so it is important to take time to work on your self-esteem just as you would your physical health through exercise.
We have outlined 9 simple ways to improve your self-esteem below:
1. Appreciate the Small Stuff
You worked out this morning. Tick. You made that salad over the burger. Tick. You got a good night’s sleep #winning. Celebrating the small victories is a great way of setting the right mood for the day and building confidence.
2. Positive Self Talk
Positive self-talk is a great way of boosting your self-esteem. It has been proven to help reduce stress, anxiety and can make us more resilient to hardships or challenges.
It’s all about training yourself to shutdown that little voice that says things like “you can’t” or “look how successful other people are”. Every negative can be framed as a positive if you take the right approach.
For example, “I failed, I knew I wasn’t good enough”, can be flipped to “It wasn’t a failure because I learnt so much and I am proud of putting myself out there”.
This may seem easier said than done, but trust us, with some practice you will find that negative little voice becoming a big positive voice in no time.
3. Take Time Out for You
You deserve it! Make sure you are taking time out for yourself to do the things you love. It may simply be relaxing, going for a walk, listening to a podcast… or all three! But it is important to make a conscious effort to set aside even a few minutes a day for yourself.
This is not a one size fits all solution and every person will have a different way of “taking time for themselves” but try and ensure you are present in these moments.
4. Get Moving
Not only does exercise make you feel great, it also moves you closer to that fitness goal you set. When you are active and moving, your body releases endorphins which activate receptors in the body, causing a feeling of bliss.
We highly recommend attending a Live Life Get Active class, being completely free to do and are conducted in non-judgemental and welcoming environments. Our trainers can also cater your fitness abilities so everyone is welcome.
5. Stop Comparing Yourself
It is natural to compare yourself to others, whether that’s based on success, appearance, knowledge or wealth. With the social media boom it’s become very easy to follow influencers online and we often find ourselves comparing their lives to our own.
We need to remember that we only see parts of peoples lives, and that everyone comes across hurdles during points of their lives so it’s realising the positives in our own that are important. It’s just a matter of seeing and appreciating them.
6. Give rather than Receive
Never underestimate the power of giving. Although it is nice to receive something every once in a while, you’ll usually forget about it within a week, but that friend that keeps reminding you of how thankful they are for you will stay with you forever.
7. Eat the good, Not the bad (Food and Thought)
This tip can be applied to both nutrition and information. Choosing nutritious filled foods will benefit you in the long term, as well as make you feel fuller for longer.
We acknowledge that we all enjoy indulging in a sweet treat or two, but a balanced diet will help to keep your blood sugar levelled and stay energised throughout the day.
8. Reward Yourself
If you’re halfway to reaching your goals, congratulate yourself, and if you’ve ticked all your boxes then reward yourself some more. Accomplishment is what helps drive us to success, so make sure you celebrate even the small wins to help reach the peak!
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