A mind that inches toward negative thoughts tend to think that poor self-image lasts forever. The reality is that you can always change your self-esteem.
Low self-confidence isn’t a life sentence. Self-confidence can be learned, practiced, and mastered–just like any other skill. Once you master it, everything in your life will change for the better.
Undeniably, low self-esteem can quickly take a toll on the quality of your life. The National Alliance on Mental Illness points out that poor self-image correlates with increased risk of developing drug addiction, poor relationships, and poor mental health.
Research further confirms the strong association between low self-esteem with poor mental health. It also amps up the increased likelihood of mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.
So, how can you boost your self-value to up the overall quality of your life? Here are eight tips that can help:
1. Stop comparisons
Social media networks such as Facebook and Instagram have left their negative impact on people’s self-esteem by birthing comparisons between people. The effect is so severe that researchers agree that Facebook depression is real.
Besides, a 2018 study concluded that there is a direct link between the way you feel about yourself and envy. The fact of the matter is that comparisons birth envy that, in turn, belittles your self-image. Lowered self-esteem further makes you a jealous person. Therefore, it’s a vicious cycle.
The only way forward is to stop comparing yourself to others. Don’t hesitate if you need to limit the time you spend on social media. When you note that you are comparing any of your life’s aspect with others, stop and remind yourself that this isn’t helpful.
2. Think of yourself as the person you want to be
Visualization is referred to as the process of conjuring up an image of yourself as you want to be or what you are proud of in your mind. Often, poor self-image and confidence issues can prevent one from seeing himself for what he is worth.
You can easily bust this inaccurate image of yourself by visualizing a preferred image of yourself. This technique explains what Napoleon Hill opined, “What the mind can conceive and believe it can achieve.”
3. Take a self-appreciation break
This does not have to take longer than two minutes. Simply take out two minutes in your day to note down three things about yourself that you appreciate. Now, these pointers don’t have to be anything big. Instead, anything small that you like about yourself or something that you did in your day will do.
For instance, you can outline that you listened to someone who needed to share his problem with someone. Or, you can note that you spread awareness regarding online dementia resources such as DementiaTalk. Only taking these 2-minute self-appreciation breaks for a month will show you how impactful they can be, helping you boost your well-being.
4. Prioritize self-care
Not taking care of yourself and your body can quickly influence your image about yourself. Consequently, one of the best ways to up your self-esteem is to take care of your body. Stop compromising with your sleep hours, eat nourishing food, and exercise regularly.
Researchers applaud physical activity for boosting your confidence. Research in the journal Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment learned that regular physical activity raises body image. Naturally, when body image improves, self-worth also climbs. Hence, make self-care your priority.
5. Challenge yourself
Negative self-talk can prevent you from doing a lot of things. For example, your brain may tell you to refrain from giving your opinion in a meeting because the opinion is worthless. In such circumstances, you need to remind yourself that all your thoughts are correct.
Besides, an effective way to handle negative self-talk entails challenging the statements that your mind throws your way. So, if your brain tells you not to do something, tell yourself that this is just an experiment and do that thing. At most, you may make a mistake, but that’s all. A few mistakes will teach you a lot. And, most of all, it can help you gain self-confidence.
6. Establish personal boundaries
Saying no can take some work, but it can boost your self-image and overall wellness significantly. To this end, don’t say yes to everything. Instead, only agree to what you want to do and say no to other things. Moreover, teach others to respect your personal boundaries as well.
If need be, take classes to learn to be assertive and learn to ask for what you want. The more control you have on your life, the better you will feel about yourself.
7. Get rid of perfectionism
Often the reason behind procrastinating things is perfectionism. It can hold you back from accomplishing your goals, which affects your self-esteem. Thus, you can prevent your perfectionism from sinking by taking steps against perfectionism.
Two strategies can help you here. Firstly, aim for good enough. Whatever you do, tell yourself that you want it to be good, not excellent so that you can execute your plans in the first place. Secondly, remind yourself that this is real life and not a movie or a song. This is an effective way to give yourself a reality check.
8. Prepare a list of great things
Lastly, chalk out a list of greats. This may include things that you are proud of achieving or put together a list of things that you are grateful for. Such a list will instantly lift your self-impression. Besides, it is a good go-to resource for times when life throws lemons at you.
Undeniably, your self-esteem is linked with your overall health and wellbeing including your mental health. Therefore, it is essential that you take steps to boost your self-image. Try anything that works for you, be it a gratitude journal, a list of greats, or exercises to make yourself more assertive. Remember that everyone makes mistakes and deals with failure. You are not alone in this case.