In a nutshell, self-esteem is your opinion of yourself and your abilities. It can be high, low, or somewhere in between.
While everyone occasionally has doubts in themselves, having low self-esteem can leave you feeling insecure and demotivated. The lower your self-esteem, the worse you feel about who you are and what you do, and the less motivated you are to work on building it up.
So, how can one stop this vicious cycle and start moving in a more positive direction? Well, of course, it’s a process, and it won’t happen overnight, but there are things you can do to get started.
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Be kind to yourself.
That little voice in you that says you’re killin’ it is way more powerful than you might think. Make an effort to be kind to yourself and, if you do slip up, try to challenge any negative thoughts. A good rule of thumb is to speak to yourself in the same way that you’d speak to your best friend. This can be really hard at first, but, you know what they say, practice makes perfect.
Stop comparing yourself to others.
Comparing yourself to other people is a sure-fire way to start feeling insecure. Try to focus on your own achievements, rather than trying to measure up to someone else’s. After all, nobody needs that kind of pressure.
Remember that everyone makes mistakes.
You’ve got to make mistakes in order to learn and grow, so try not to beat yourself up in case you’ve done something wrong. Remember, learning from our mistakes makes us better people.
Stop worrying about what others think.
When you worry about what others think, you won’t feel confident about yourself. Make a firm decision to stop worrying about what other people think. Instead, begin making choices based on what you want, not what you think others want from you.
Do what makes you happy.
If you spend time doing the things that make you happy, you’re more likely to think positively. Try to squeeze in a little “me time” every once in a while. Whether those moments are spent on reading, cooking, or just chillin’ out on the couch, if it makes you happy, make time for it.
Doing these steps will not cure all your problems but for sure, it will help build your confidence and make you feel better overall. Start today and be the person you want to be!
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