According to a paper on the UC Davis Medical Centre website, A person with low self–esteem feels unworthy, incapable, and incompetent. In fact, because the person with low self–esteem feels so poorly about him or herself.
Many people suffer from a low self-esteem and lack self-confidence. You’ll be happy to know that there are many methods that can be used to improve your self-esteem.
The first question you should ask yourself when attempting to improve your self-esteem is whether there are issues that need to be addressed with a professional counsellor. This article covers only mild forms of low self-esteem, we encourage you to seek medical help for all your mental and related ailments.
What you should do to improve your self-esteem.
Recognize and embrace your positive qualities. Make a list of all your positive assets including skills, experiences, physical and social resources, talents, and anything else that makes you feel good about yourself. Add to the list the compliments that others have given you as well. Reminding yourself of all your assets is a sure confidence booster. Below are some techniques you can try to improve self-esteem.
Movement and exercise.
Moving your body helps to improve your mood. End of story.
If you keep telling yourself you’re no good, you might just start believing it, even though it’s not true. If you notice that you often engage in negative self-talk, check out some ways you can challenge your negative thinking and build your confidence levels.
Many people who suffer from low self-esteem often get stuck in a rut which drives their self-esteem even lower. To raise self-esteem, you need to set goals for yourself and then take the necessary actions to meet these goals. Just taking continual action will move you closer towards goal attainment and stop you feeling as if you are worthless and at the mercy of others.
Don’t beat yourself up when you make a mistake.
Everyone on planet earth makes mistakes, its basic human nature. Why should you be any different? When you stuff up, don’t stress; just learn from it and move on.
Trust that you are competent.
Have faith that even if you cannot deal with a problem yourself that you will have the ingenuity to get the help, skills, or knowledge that you need. Take on a new challenge and prove to yourself you CAN rather than you can’t. Pay attention to each accomplishment regardless of how small and make a mental note or, even better, keep a notepad. Give yourself extra credit when it required significant effort and don’t forget to pat yourself on the back.
Surround yourself with supportive people.
Get rid of people who bring you down. Find people who make you feel good about yourself and avoid those who tend to trigger your negative thinking.
Believe in your own worth.
Recognize that means making yourself a priority some of the time. Think of something you want to do and do it. Give yourself permission to say no, ask for what you want, or manoeuvre into a position to make it happen. Be prepared to tolerate disappointing others for the sake of recognizing that you matter and taking care of yourself.
And don’t feel as if you’re alone. There are thousands of people just like you that of people who suffer from low self-esteem and need to improve how they look at themselves and the world around them. You are not alone and you can create the life that you dream of, you just need to start taking steps in the right direction. The sooner you start the sooner you can start enjoying your life as it was meant to be enjoyed.