Simple Ways to Improve Your Self-Esteem

 

Make a List of Things You Like About Yourself

Write down at least 10 things you like about your body and who you are. It could include your eyes, your fingernails, your strong calves, your kindness, or your sense of humor. It doesn't matter what it is as long as it's positive. Then take a picture of the list with your phone and save it so you every time you’re feeling not so hot, you can take a look at it.

Focus on Improvement

When it comes to your body, focusing on what you think is a problem area is just going to make you feel worse. Once you’ve acknowledged what you want to improve, focus on ways to improve it and what you’ve accomplished so far.

Get Rid of the Negative People Surrounding You

When you start to feel better about yourself, some people around you might not be comfortable with your new attitude (or look) and they could start to get a little…mean. Yes, I'm talking about the haters! If these people mean something to you, don't dismiss them out of your life entirely, but if you can, try to distance yourself from them or tell them to stop. If they care about you, they will.

Find People Who Motivate You

Maybe it's your cousin, or someone you don't know but have heard their story. Follow them on Instagram, Facebook, or whereever! Feed off their positivity and let them motivate you. Maybe you've got some of those people among your friends and family? Spend more time with them!

Move

If you’re finding yourself heading towards an emotional low, move! Like right now!. Go for a walk, the gym, or just do stuff around the house. Doing so will help the endorphins kick in and help your brain get back on the right path.

Wear Clothes That Fit & Accentuate Your Shape

Wearing baggy clothes can make you look bigger than you are. Instead, dress in ways that flatter your body type. Make sure to get a bra that fits properly. A nice fitting bra can make a huge difference in your appearance!

Talk to Yourself

No I don't mean have full blown conversations with yourself. I do however mean, tell yourself nice things! If you put on a pair of jeans that make your butt look nice, then say it, outloud. The brain works in funny ways, hearing it will assert it. I know it sounds silly, trust me though, it works.

Pamper Yourself

My go-to is getting a manicure and pedicure, but you could enjoy a massage (which after all the working out you’ve been doing is going to feel incredible), relax in a sauna, or try a new haircut. By taking some time for you, and doing something that makes you feel physically great, it’ll help you’ll feel emotionally great too.

Help Others

One way to take the focus and pressure off of you is by helping others. Volunteering or helping a friend in need feels good and helps you connect with others in your community or with those you care about.

Smile

Not only does smiling look good on the outside, it actually releases endorphins that make you feel good on the inside. 

Accept a Compliment

I still struggle with this sometimes myself. I worry it's in jest as a mocking gesture even though people are being honest! When someone gives you a compliment, receive it graciously. Responding to a compliment with something self-deprecating is not only negative, it also strips the joy away from the person giving it to you. Listen, accept it and relish it!!!


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