Improving Low Self Esteem - Tips And Advice

Self esteem

Self esteem is a very important aspect of our personal growth and development. There's nothing more significant or important in your life than how you feel or how you think about yourself.

A high opinion of yourself and the knowledge of the person you truly are is one of the things that is missing in the world we live in today.
Having a high self esteem is so beneficial to your life, and that of those around you. 

How to improve your self esteem.

Having a high opinion of yourself is something you will have to do for yourself and by yourself, no one will do it for you. You have to work on it on your own. With that being said, here are some tips that will help you improve your start.

1. Stop criticising yourself. 

Learn how to quiet your number one critic. That's a good place to start. The more you criticise yourself, the less you'll feel about yourself and your self-worth.

Your inner critic will tell you that you're not good enough.
It will also tell you that your friend or coworker, classmates, etc, is better than you.
It will tell you that you're not doing it well, no matter what you do.

You need to shut that voice down, you don't have to accept this, you don't have to believe it.
You need to dismiss and diminish that voice and replace it with thoughts that will uplift you, thoughts that will better you and motivate you. This will help you change the way you see yourself or think of yourself.

One way to do this is; when these unfavourable thoughts starts in your head, and start bringing you down, say to yourself, Stop! Change your train of thoughts immediately and start thinking of good things about yourself
 Start thinking of the good things you've done or achieved. Give it a try now.

2. Every evening, write down 1 thing about yourself that you appreciate. 

At the end of the day, when you've had your dinner, showered, rested; in the quiet of the night, think about what you like about yourself, what you're good at, etc, write it down.

Keep adding to that list each evening, and read them out to yourself each morning before you step out into the world. Do this consistently and you'll start to see a change in your self esteem.

3. Try to react to any failures or mistakes you might make in a more positive manner. 

There's always going be pitfalls, there's always going to be failures and there's always going to be mistakes along the way, no matter how hard you work. You can't always beat yourself up about it. You can't always put yourself down because of it. 

You have to take it as a stepping stone, take it as a learning experience and do better next time. You learn from it, you strategise and you do better. You get better.
Letting failures and mistakes affect you negatively will only make your low self esteem worse, so why keep doing it?

4. Be kind to others. 

When you are kindly towards others, it comes back to you subconsciously. If you are kind to others, you'll tend to be kind to yourself. When you think kindly of others, you'll tend to think kindly of yourself in the long run. 

It doesn't even have to be a big gesture, it can be little acts of kindness daily. It can be something as small as holding the door for someone else, helping an elderly person or a pregnant woman carry her groceries, let someone cut in front of you in line or in a car lane, etc. It'll make you feel good about yourself. 

5. Try something new. 

When you open up yourself, broaden your horizons and try new things, your opinion of yourself gets better. 
If you're scared of going out of your comfort zone, take smaller steps and keep taking small steps until you get comfortable with it. 

I'll write about more advice and tips to improve your self esteem in the coming posts, so look out for it. 

I hope following these tips will help you improve your self esteem and confidence.

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