This February is Boost YourSelf-Esteem Month. In this blog post, we will give you some tips on how to boost your self-esteem.
Self-esteem is essentially a measure of how we appreciate and like ourselves. It is the value we place on who we are and what we do. When we have high self-esteem, we can rely on ourselves to meet our own needs. Furthermore, we can celebrate who we are, our uniqueness, our qualities, and have a healthy, realistic and positive view of ourselves. When we think of self-esteem, we often think of it in terms of lack – we think of low self-esteem as something that leads to low mood, low self-worth and can lead to psychological distress and mental ill-health.
Sometimes, unconsciously we use our self-esteem as a measure to weigh up where we are in the pecking order of life. This can be true, especially if we spend a lot of time on social media. We can end up measuring ourselves against others, and on an unconscious level, we decide whether we are as good, better or worse than someone else. This comparison can lead us to overlook our own strengths and abilities!
So how can we improve our self-esteem?
It can help if we see self-esteem as more than a measure and think of it more as a resource, a tool kit, a psychological medicine cabinet. It can be somewhere to store everything we think and believe about ourselves. It can be the place we can go to give ourselves a pep talk, a reserve for our resiliency.
Our self-esteem is made up of our thoughts and feelings about ourselves. Becoming aware of our thoughts is critical in boosting our self-esteem. If we are continually thinking negative things about ourselves, then these thoughts are what we will have in our toolkit when the outside world gives us a knock. But if we try to bring our awareness to our good points and consciously make an effort to think positively about ourselves, we will have a wealth of positive thoughts to combat external pressures.
- We can increase our self-esteem by setting intentions to think about ourselves in a positive light
- Start doing more of what makes us feel good.
- Stop the comparisons
- Remember that we all have stuff that gets to us
- Reach out