Self-esteem is confidence in one’s own worth or abilities; self-respect
Signs of low self-esteem:
- You are sensitive to criticism
- You experience social withdrawal
- You experience hostility towards others
- Excessive personal problems
- Trouble accepting compliments
- You constantly compare yourself to others
Ways to increase self-esteem:
- Focus on your accomplishments
- Be truly grateful for where you are – write down 5 things you were grateful for that day before you go to sleep
- Surround yourself with positivity – cut ties with people who bring you down, listen to positive music, read self-development books, read inspirational quotes.
- Look your best – every day you should dress in a way that is going to make you feel confident in who you are.
- Establish a self-care régime of things you will do every day. Ex: wake up, exercise, journal, say affirmations, make a healthy breakfast.
- Set realistic goals – No, you can’t lost 20 pounds in two weeks. No, you can’t run a marathon in a month if you have never ran before. Give yourself plenty of time to reach realistic goals. Plan to drop two pound in two weeks, sign up for a marathon that 6 months from now.
- Avoid looking in the mirror – Stop standing in front of the mirror picking apart every little thing you hate about yourself, try avoiding mirrors altogether and focus on how you feel INTERNALLY.