Low self-esteem is really common and it can totally ruin your life if you let it. When you don’t feel good about yourself, you are less likely to follow your dreams and do the things you really want to do in life, which is why, if you don’t feel great about yourself, you need to work on changing that when you are ready.
If you want to start boosting your self-esteem right now, here are a few things that could really help:
Learn something new
Often, when you have low self-esteem, the last thing you want to do is put yourself out there and try to do something new. However, doing just that is one of the best things you can do if you want to start feeling better for yourself. How does that work? Once you start learning new skills and making progress, you come to realise that you can do things and that you don’t have to be scared to even try and this can really boost your self-esteem.
Wear something stunning
Yes, on the face of things it may seem a little shallow, but the fact of the matter is, when you look your best, you often feel better. So whether sexy lingerie is your thing or you feel great in a suit, wear something that looks good and feels even better and your self-esteem is sure to be boosted. Do this every day, and pretty soon you’ll be feeling great, but don’t feel bad when you wear your PJs or sweats all day because that’s perfectly fine too.
List your achievements
If you’re feeling down on yourself, take out a sheet of paper and write down all of the good things you have done in your life. Whether you’ve learned to drive, gained a promotion at work or helped out someone in need, put it all down in writing and you will soon see that you’re actually a smart, kind and capable person who can and does succeed in various avenues. Make sure you do write it on paper rather than your phone because for some reason, the brain takes more notice of things you have physically written so a digital list may have a bit less of an impact.
Live in alignment with your values
When you live in alignment with your true values, you will automatically feel better about yourself because you are doing what you believe to be right. Of course, you might not know exactly what you stand for right now, but just by starting the process of thinking deeply about life and your core values, you can start to build confidence and start turning yourself into a person you can truly respect.
Many of us think that we are not creative, but that is rubbish – everyone is creative and it’s just a matter of letting ourselves explore that side of our personalities. How can this help with boosting self-esteem? When you follow creative pursuits, your brain is stimulated and you are presented with a challenge. Once your project is complete, you have something that you created all by yourself and that is a great feeling to have.
Just do it
When you have low self-esteem, you can avoid doing things that you want or need to do because you are afraid of the “inevitable” failure. The fact of the matter is, that if you do not even try to do that difficult thing, you will never grow in confidence or ability. So, next time you’re having a negative thought that’s preventing you from living your life, simply ignore it, do the thing anyway no matter how scary it might seem, and once you’re done, you’re guaranteed to feel at least a little more proud of yourself.
When you help others, not only do you see that there are people dealing with challenges that you can only imagine, but you also come to realise that you do have value for yourself and other people. Your skills and willingness to help are valuable and you should never forget that. Do a good thing and volunteer and it won’t just be the people you help who benefit from your kindness!
Stop caring what other people think
Okay so this is maybe easier said than done, but if you want to really improve your self-esteem, then you really should work on not caring what other people think about you. Just keep reminding yourself that other people have their own problems to solve; they won’t spend much if any time thinking about or judging you, so why should you waste time worrying about what they might think about you? You shouldn’t. Do what you want, not what you think you should to impress others, and higher self-esteem will come naturally.
Remove negative people from your life
Of course, if there are people in your life who do judge you who do make you feel bad about yourself, you should probably do what you can to get them out of your life, or at the very least minimise contact with them. It’s hard to feel good about yourself when you have people in your ear telling you otherwise, so surround yourself with kind, positive people and life will get so much better for you.
Don’t be afraid to fail
Every failure is a lesson and a sign that you have put yourself out there and tried to do something. Stop thinking of failure as being a bad thing to avoid at all costs and start living your best life. You deserve it.
As you can see, there are lots of things you can do to boost your self-esteem by a little or a lot depending on where you are right now. You don’t have to do everything on this list, at least not immediately, but pick out 2 or 3 things that appeal to you and get stuck in, and pretty soon you will be feeling so much more confident about yourself than you ever have before.
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