How do I boost my self-esteem?
I believe that everyone, at least once, has low self-esteem. Do not worry, for I have had struggled with my self-esteem as well. However, recently, my self-esteem has been improved noticeably. So, I would like to share my tips with you guys. I know that sometimes, my tips are hard to be applied in your everyday routine, but try to practice them as soon as you have an opportunity. With what I have learnt from the books, videos, and experience, here are my 4 tips:
One key to low self-esteem is not having positive body image. Positive body image is when you accept how you look and feel good about your body. Here’s how exercising helps: when you exercise, your body produces dopamine, pleasuring neurotransmitter, to stimulate your reward pathway, which makes you feel good about your body. Body image is linked to confidence and self-esteem. In my personal experience, I have a very busy friend who manages to go swimming and workout every morning. He’s so confident and has high esteem than my friends who don’t exercise.
Surround yourself with positive people
I believe that at some point of your life, you feel insecure. The insecurity, if left untreated, will be harmful to your self-esteem. Therefore, you must find positive people to be with. Not only do they secure your insecurity, but they also help you find your security. For example, instead of saying “It’s bad that…”, positive people will encourage you by saying “It’s okay.”
One way to build your self-esteem is to recognize your qualities. This means acknowledge what you are good at. Also, learn to accept the compliment, but remember to be humble. Another way to value yourself is to stifle inner criticism. This is true. I feel good about myself once I learn to let go of my inner criticism by giving credit to myself when achieving something such as facing my fear, bound back from disappoint, or confront a problem.
Avoid unhealthy comparison
Comparing yourself with other people is a good way to know where you stand. However, too often, you like to make an unhealthy comparison. This means that you compare yourself with people out of your league. For example, when you volunteer, you tend to compare yourself with someone who is better than yourself. Usually, that someone is older than you. Too often, that someone has work experiences and is a part of something bigger while you’re still studying. So, I suggest you look up to someone instead of comparing yourself with him/her.
By: Buntheng Lim
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