We all feel nervous or unconfident sometimes, maybe in a room full of people, we don’t know, before public speaking or a job interview. However, low self-esteem can become a long-term problem which can negatively impact mental health and even effect your day-to-day life.
When you have low self-esteem, you view yourself negatively and tend to criticise yourself. Plus, you’re less equipped to deal with challenges that arise in life.
So why do some people have low self-esteem? Well, it often starts early, during childhood. If you receive negative messages about yourself from teachers, friends, siblings or parents, it can stick with you. Stress and life challenges like grief or a serious illness can also result in low self-esteem. Personality also has a role, some people are simply more likely to think negatively and develop low self-esteem.
Luckily, you can do things that will help boost your self-esteem! Here are our top tips for doing so:
- WRITE DOWN POSITIVE THINGS ABOUT YOURSELF
Take some time to think about all the things you’re good at or like about yourself. For example, ‘I’m a good listener’ or ‘I’m good at drawing’. It’s also really helpful to write down compliments you have received from other people. Keep it somewhere on hand like on your bedside table or on the fridge so that you can see it regularly. Try to keep adding to the list over time.
- SPEND TIME WITH POSITIVE PEOPLE
Some people can have a negative impact, so it’s important to spend lots of time with people who build you up and feel good about yourself.
- TREAT YOURSELF LIKE A FRIEND
You wouldn’t put your friend down or criticise them, so why do it to yourself? When you’re being self-critical, picture what you would say to a friend in the same scenario.
Physical activity is a great way to feel good about yourself. It causes the body to release endorphins which in turn make you feel great.
- SEEK PROFESSIONAL HEALTH
If you’re struggling with low self-esteem, it might be time to reach out to a professional. Therapies such as counselling or cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can be very effective.
Get in touch with Dalton Wise today and see how we can help you with your confidence and self-esteem.
Check out last week’s Wellness Wednesday all about how to deal with difficult relationships HERE