Low self-esteem can have damaging effects on all aspects of your career, relationships and personal life.
It can easily lead to depression which can further affect your overall health, mentally and physically.
According to respected psychotherapist Dr Nathaniel Branden, self-esteem can be defined as:
“the disposition to experience oneself as being competent enough to be able to keep up with the challenges in one’s life.”
With high self-esteem you will have a positive outlook on life and feel a sense of confidence which will be reflected in your work performance, personal relationships, and everything else you do.
Here are 10 useful tips on how you can boost low self-esteem.
1) Learn to accept yourself
It’s important to remember that we are all special, unique, and talented in our own ways. Of course, other people will be better than you at certain things, or have characteristics that you desire, but you shouldn’t try to measure up to them.
The things you are good at, or certain aspects of your personality, could be the things that others are envious of. By accepting yourself for who you are, the good and the bad, but making sure you really appreciate what is good about you, your self-esteem will improve.
2) Don’t compare yourself to others
Your environment can be a major contributing factor to low self-esteem. We are surrounded by many different people and it can be easy to compare yourself to others in an attempt to understand yourself.
But you can build a general sense of self worth by refraining from comparing yourself to others. Instead, focus on your own goals and the things that matter to you, without making comparisons to others – just let them do their thing and be yourself!
3) Stop Putting Yourself Down
Nobody is perfect and mistakes are not a bad thing. Everyone, makes them, all the time! People with low self-esteem tend to put themselves down whenever they make mistakes – this in itself is a big mistake.
Mistakes are simply part of the learning process. By learning from them and moving on from them with the knowledge you have gained you will be better at whatever it is you are trying to achieve.
Go easy on yourself.
4) Befriend Positive People
The people we surround ourselves with have a huge impact on how we think and how we feel. If you can spend time with people who have a positive outlook on life and who are great at dealing with life’s challenges, it will rub off on you. You will be inspired to be more like them and you will learn from them.
5) Engage in Fun Activities
We need to make time to have fun once in while, so whatever it is that you really enjoy doing, make time to do it. It will help to relieve stress and clear the negative thoughts out of your head.
When all else fails, seek professional help from a psychologist.
There’s nothing wrong with talking to a professional. It’s more common than you think. If you’re really struggling with low self-esteem then why not try a session with someone who can help you out with the right tools.
It all boils down to doing what is best for you. Loving yourself leads to a healthier and better “you”.