The way you perceive yourself has a major impact on the manner in which you carry yourself and live your life. Making small changes to improve your sense of self-worth could drastically improve your life for the better. Start today.
- Be aware of negative thinking patterns. Most people experience negative thoughts about themselves from time to time, but those who suffer with low self-esteem can undergo these uncomfortable thoughts on a regular basis. Watch out for any negative thoughts about yourself that cross your mind and start to identify them. This simple action can help you become more self-aware.
- Challenge the thoughts. Instead of accepting the negative ideas that you’ve identified, replace them with something positive.
- List your positive attributes. Sit down regularly and make a list of all of your strengths and skills. Try not to allow negative thoughts to creep in – there’s nothing wrong with praising yourself.
- Act as if. If you find yourself feeling anxious and insecure in a social environment or any situation that feels uncomfortable, try to act as if you are somebody who doesn’t experience that kind of anxiety. You may find that forcing yourself to come out of your shell will make the process feel easier in time.
- Learn to take a compliment. People with low-self esteem often dismiss compliments and play down their own achievements. Start to embrace praise and positive feedback by saying ‘thank you’ instead of dismissing the compliment.
- Ask for help. If you find that these kinds of self-help tips don’t seem to improve your sense of self-worth, or feel consistently low and insecure, more intensive support might be useful. Ask your doctor for a referral to a psychologist or counsellor and try to speak openly about the problems that you’ve been experiencing.