Low self-esteem, defined by a lack of confidence and persisting negative self-criticism, is known to correlate with many adverse outcomes, such as depression, anxiety, impairment in relationships, academic, and job performance, as well as increased vulnerability to drug and alcohol abuse.
The perpetuating negative self-examination associated with low self-esteem typically leads to feeling unmotivated to change what is
making you feel down in the first place resulting in your self-esteem to take an even deeper dive.
This vicious cycle of negativity can be debilitating, but the good news is that there are things that you can do to break the cycle.
Try these techniques to give your self-esteem a boost:
1. Learn and master a new skill. When you learn a new skill and become good at it, your confidence will no doubt grow. This is especially true if the new skill benefits something you already do.
2. Make a list of all of your accomplishments. It can be easy to forget all of the things you’ve achieved in your lifetime. So, make a list of these accomplishments, and from time to time, read the list to remind yourself of them. You’ll feel much better about yourself.
3. Do something creative. Being creative helps stimulate your brain. If you combine creativity with learning something new, even more benefits will be achieved.
4. Set values for your life. What are your values? Does your current lifestyle reflect these values? If it doesn’t, take action to make the necessary changes. Learning who you are and what you stand for, and then living these values, will increase your confidence.
5. Think positive. Instead of thinking negatively when faced with a difficult task, think about it as a challenge that you can overcome. Consider what you can learn from the experience and be proud of yourself once you’ve accomplished it.
6. Stretch your comfort zone. Try new things. Go to new places. Meet new people. As a result, you’ll see your confidence grow.
7. Help someone. When you help someone else, you’ll feel a sense of achievement and enjoy higher self-esteem.
8. Try to heal your past. Past issues or drama can prevent you from moving on and growing as a person. You may want to speak to a trained counselor to talk through any issues you may have.
9. Avoid worrying about what others think. The one person whose opinion of you matters is you! Do what you feel is best, feel confident that you did your best, and your self-esteem will soar.
10.Read something inspirational. Stories of others who have overcome issues or dire situations and gone on to lead successful lives can inspire you to do the same. Self-help content can inspire you to reach for the stars and help you get
there. Such inspiration also makes you feel optimistic and better about yourself.
11. Be mindful of your time with others. There will be people in your life who always seem to put you down and leave you feeling poorly about yourself. It may be best to let them go. Instead, try to surround yourself with positive people who will lift you up and make you feel good about yourself.
12. Take care of your appearance. When you look after yourself, you are going to feel good about yourself too.
13. Focus on what you can change. Some things in life are out of our control. Focus your energy on the things you can control, and you’ll happily find that you can change your life for the better.
Netsanet Tegegn, LCSW, is a Psychotherapist in Virginia Beach that provides individualized counseling services for those who wish to create long-lasting and positive changes in their lives...