Self-esteem is your overall perception of yourself, and when it’s generally pretty low, you can spend a lot of time not liking who you are. It’s so easy to compare yourself to everyone else and feel bad when you may not be anything like the people you compare yourself to. It’s important to understand that everyone is unique and special in their way, and you don’t have to go through your life with low self-esteem.
Take Care of Your Skin
The skin is the body’s largest organ, and it’s the first thing you notice when looking in the mirror. If you’ve never spent much time taking care of your skin, it could be one of the reasons why you may not be happy with what you see in the mirror. No matter how old you are, it’s time to come up with a good morning and evening skincare routine which includes cleansing, moisturizing, dark spot correcting serum if needed, and an SPF for protection.
With so many skin care products available, it can be overwhelming at first. You just have to spend a little bit of time researching the best products for your specific skin type. You may have to try a couple of different products until you find what’s best.
Use Positive Affirmations
Most people are challenged with negative thoughts throughout their day. Whether it’s because you woke up with a pimple on your face, or you may have said the wrong thing to a customer at work, negative thoughts happen and they’re not fun to deal with. Instead of letting these positive thoughts bring you down, use positive affirmations instead.
A positive affirmation is a positive phrase that you repeat to yourself to make the negative thoughts go away. It can be as simple as saying “I am getting better and better every day,” or something like “all I need is within me right now.” It helps to explore different statements to find the ones that make you feel the best.
Learn How To Say No
Sometimes learning how to say no is a necessary part of life. It’s common to want to take on everything thrown your way to prove you’re capable of all things, but saying yes all the time will lead to burnout and self-esteem issues. It’s important to start being honest with yourself and the person asking you to do something.
Whether it’s work or personal life, understand where your limits are. Your boss will not know if you’re cracking under pressure unless you tell them you are. Your friend may not realize you’ve had a bad week and you would rather just stay home unless you make that clear.
Identify All the Positives About Yourself
When you focus on only the negatives, you may never be able to identify and celebrate your successes in life. Sometimes it’s necessary to take a step back and evaluate how far you’ve come. You may not be exactly where you want to be right now, and that’s okay.
Make a list of everything you’ve accomplished in your life. You don’t have to think of everything all at once, but start a list and add to it when you think of something else. Anytime you have any negative thoughts creeping up, refer to this list of accomplishments.
Improve Your Physical Health
Focusing on improving your physical health is another way to increase your self-esteem. The key things to work on should include getting active, finding a healthy weight, maintaining your muscles, eating a healthy diet, and building healthy habits. It could take some time to develop a routine that works best for your schedule, but as long as you’re working on finding ways to become a healthier version of yourself, you should start to feel better about yourself.
It’s normal to have good days and bad, but you want to try making the good ones outweigh the bad. Life is hard and the desire to be perfect can make just about anyone feel like they’re not good enough. Focus on turning the negative thinking around and celebrating everything you’re good at.