When we are struggling to succeed in something, those around us may say “Just believe in yourself!” Although this advice is important, you may be thinking to yourself that this is easier said than done, especially if you tend to be self-critical.
Self-esteem is an important concept- it describes a person’s overall sense of self-worth, and confidence in one’s abilities. Low self-esteem is associated with feelings of anxiety, stress, and loneliness, and behaviors of avoidance, decreased work performance, and insecurity in relationships.
Although it may seem daunting to try and increase your self-esteem, we all have the power to do so. Benefits of doing so include improved quality of life, increased confidence, and achieving more satisfaction from your relationships.
Here are some tips to improve your self-esteem:
1)Don’t compare yourself to others.
Comparing yourself to others takes your focus off your own goals, and it can cause you to feel poorly about yourself. Practice focusing on your goals and achievements, rather than using your energy to compare your progress to others.
2)Acknowledge that perfection is unrealistic
Those with perfectionistic tendencies are often insecure and fearful about falling short of their own standards. Try having flexible goals rather than rigid expectations to motivate your progress in areas that are important to you.
There are many research studies that show a positive relationship between exercise and self-esteem. Exercise provides an opportunity for you to feel empowered, both physically and mentally. Give yourself a chance each day to feel the strength you may not even know you have!
The next time the critical, unforgiving voice in your head goes off, pause and ask yourself what you would say to a friend if they were in your situation. Directing these compassionate thoughts toward yourself will allow you to build self-esteem and improve confidence.
5)Identify your strengths and work to develop them
Self-esteem comes in large part from demonstrating achievement in areas of life that are of value to you. Make a list of your strengths and provide yourself with opportunities outside of your comfort zone to develop them.
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