Low self esteem can really put a downer on your day to day activities, and make simple tasks feel difficult and worrying. While not everyone with low self-esteem has anxiety and depression, it has been proven that they are linked.
There are some simple self esteem activities that you implement in your life to make things a little easier and make you feel more comfortable not only in social situations, but in yourself.
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Take Pride In Your Appearance
It may seem superficial, but positive self-perception can have an enormous impact on the people around you perceive you.
The more self-confidence you exude, the more likely you are to be your best self. Often when people don’t feel themselves, they throw any old clothes on and dress the way they feel: not great.
The way you dress can affect your emotional states, meaning when you look good, you’re more likely to feel good too.
This can be especially effective, especially in the workplace where a lot of what people think of you and how they treat you is tied up in how you look.
Dressing well means different things to different people, and it doesn’t necessarily have to mean spending hundreds of dollars on an outfit.
Even if it’s just casual clothes that look classy and presentable, as long as they make you feel good, that’s what matters!
Dressing well can also help you make better first impressions too, so you don’t have to feel so nervous meeting new people.
So whether it be self-grooming, taking the time to plan and lay out your outfits for the next day, or even indulging in a hot bath – simple self esteem activities like these can make the world of difference to your mood and self-image.
Of course this is always one of those things that is easier said than done, but it doesn’t have to be difficult.
Whenever you catch yourself thinking self-deprecating thoughts, try and replace them with something positive. For every negative thought, think of two more positive things about yourself, or things you’re good at.
By changing your thoughts and your overall outlook on life, amazing things can happen.
People are drawn to positivity, so don’t be surprised if more opportunities arise and unexpected doors open for you when you open your mind to more positive thoughts.
Tweak Your Habits
Making small positive changes to your life. Drink more water reap the health benefits. Wake up 10 to 20 more minutes earlier than you’re used to, floss everyday, take up a new hobby.
It doesn’t have to be anything big, just a small thing you know you can do. Try and keep it up for a month and see how accomplished you feel at the end. Who knows, you may even keep at it!
Divert your attention away from the things you can’t do well or don’t have, and focus on what you do have and are good at.
Reminding yourself of the things in your life you’re lucky to have is one of the most humbling self esteem activities you can do. It’s so rewarding and is another way of helping you focus your mind on the positive things in your life.
Great ways to do this are to keep are a journal where you can list things that made you happy in the day, and things you’re grateful for before going to bed.
It’s especially important to do this on your darker days as a way of reminding yourself that there’s always something to be grateful for.
Keeping hold of these lists in a journal is a great way to make yourself better on days when you don’t feel so great too.
They serve as an important reminder that you can have good days and that there’s always something to smile about and be grateful for.
Be More Active
There’s a reason this comes up a lot when talking about improving mood and wellbeing. Exercise is proven to help with stress, anxiety, and depression, and can even improve your sleep.
You don’t even have to invest in a gym membership or a crazy intensive exercise plan. Including just a bit of physical activity in your daily routine, even if that’s just a leisurely walk on your lunch break, can do wonders for your mood.
Regularly engaging in physical activity of any kind is an investment in both your mental and physical health. Being active enriches your mind, body, and soul, and when it becomes a habit, it can really cement your sense of self-worth.
If you keep at it, it can really improve your self-image and make you feel strong and capable. Also, setting yourself small exercise goals and meeting them one by one can really boost your sense of accomplishment.
Smile and Stand Tall
Improving your posture by standing tall and straight not only makes you look more assertive and confident, but it can make you feel that way too.
Better posture can reduce stress, improve confidence and even make you more productive.
Also, while it may sound cliché, smiling can improve your self-esteem too, and even have a positive impact on your interactions and relationships.
Take A Break From Social Media
It’s too easy to scroll through your facebook and instagram feeds and feel inadequate or question your life choices.
Social media often causes us to compare ourself to our peers, which can cause us to fall into a spiral of negativity. This is why it’s extra important to remind yourself that people are only showing the best of themselves online.
More often than not, if someone is having a hard time, they’re not going to broadcast it on social media.
What we see on social media is cherry picked, and we often only end up seeing a highlight reel of our friends’ lives which simply doesn’t do justice to the reality of how things really are.
If you can, try and limit your time on social media. Even if it’s only for a month, you might notice a difference to your mood and general self esteem.
If you feel like you really need a break, consider a temporary social media detox to see whether completely cutting it out of your life for a short while makes a difference to how you spend your time.
Try out these simple self esteem activities and see what a difference they can make in your life.
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