According to Wikipedia, self – esteem is the term used in psychology to reflect a person’s overall emotional evaluation of his or her own worth. It is a judgement of oneself as well as an attitude towards the self.
Basically its all about the beliefs we hold about ourselves, what type of person you consider yourself to be, how capable you think you are and the positive and negative things you think about yourself and your future.
Not sure whether you have low self esteem?
- Avoid some social situations
- Struggle to accept compliments
- Accentuate the negative
- Worry about what you imagine other people think of you
- Feel reluctant to try new challenges or make changes
Then you may be suffering with low self esteem.
Low self esteem can contribute to developing depression and stop you living life to the full. But the good news is there is lots you can do to increase your self esteem.
Top 5 Tips
1. Relax – take time out for yourself. Exercise, meditate, do yoga, walking, when you relax the brain works better and your memory improves.
2. Be grateful – get yourself a journal and start or end each day by logging 5 things that you are grateful for. A blue sky, meeting a friend for lunch, flowers, a child’s smiling face, walking the dog.
3. Remember the things you have achieved. This may be something as simple as passing your driving test, getting married, helping a friend, getting fit. Write them down and read them every day for one week.
4. Do something you are good at – something that you enjoy and you lose all sense of time. Cooking, sewing, swimming. Try to do this at least once a week. This will give you a real sense of achievement.
5. Catch yourself using negative self talk . If you wouldn’t say it to a friend then don’t say it to yourself.
Changing the habits of a lifetime can be difficult but if you want to change the way you feel you must change the way you think!
Incorporate these tips into your everyday life. Starting today, you CAN do it!