One of the most delicate things about all of us is our self-esteem. It takes a long time to build it up, but it takes a moment to smash it down. When it’s strong and high, we’re able to feel less vulnerable to rejection in life, and we’re less worried about anxiety and stress. When it’s weak, we can barely get out of the house due to the fear of others judging us. It’s good to have a high self-esteem, but it takes some time to build it up if it’s low in the first place. The positives of improving self-esteem are clear. We’ll feel better, we’ll have a healthy smile on our faces at all times. The thing is, if your self-esteem takes too much time to build up, you could end up feeling lower than ever. You deserve to have some self-worth, and whether that comes from dressing in clothes that make you feel confident or it comes from getting braces off after a long time, you will find it. Improving your self-esteem may take some time, but check out these five ways to boost your self esteem:
- Positive Affirmations. Practicing being what you think you are takes a lot of self-belief that most people believe spills into arrogance. However, does it really matter if other people believe that you are arrogant to think more of yourself? You deserve every good thing that happens in your life and if you believe that you are destined for great things, you should keep believing it and push for it! Don’t let anyone tell you that you cannot do something – you can do it and you must tell yourself every single day that you can.
- Get To Know What You’re Good At! If you know what you’re good at, you’re going to be able to focus on the things that you can achieve and push yourself to keep being better at it. Self-esteem can grow when you show that you are good at things and you can achieve things. If you’re good at running, train for it. If you want to be a doctor, figure out the pathway and get there. If you worry you won’t be good enough, stop worrying – you’re already good enough!
- Accept Compliments. It’s so hard to get out of a rut when you feel rubbish about yourself. If you worry about your smile or your teeth and someone tells you that you look beautiful when you smile – accept it! It’s a nice thing, and you should believe people who tell you that you are gorgeous!
- Be A Cheerleader, Not A Critic. It’s easy to kick yourself when you’re down, but it’s harder to talk yourself up when you need it. So, start being a cheerleader. Each time you have a negative thought about you, replace it with a positive thought instead. Be your own cheerleader even if it feels hard to do that!
Remember – You Are Worthy. No matter what, remembering that you are worthy is key for building up your self-esteem. You should praise yourself for existing simply because you do!