At least once in your life time you must have come across the word “Self-esteem”.
Self is the tool to connect to the external as well as our internal environment. And too often than not, we have a nonchalant attitude towards ourselves. The value we put to ourselves is an important factor in determining the course of our lives.
What exactly is self-esteem?
Self-esteem is an individual’s subjective evaluation of their own worth. This comprises of one’s own beliefs about oneself and also their emotional states. Smith & Mackie (2007) has defined self-esteem as “The self-concept is what we think about the self; self-esteem is the positive or negative evaluations of the self, as in how we feel about it.”
The hardcore fact is that every single human being is different in this world and they possess their own strengths and weaknesses; some unique qualities and oddity which make them the person they are. Yes, this will not be liked and appreciated by everyone and that’s absolutely fine. It does not have to be that way either.
An individual’s self-esteem plays a vital role in not only the way they see themselves but also on the way they perceive where and how they fit into the world.
So what are the ways by which we can build our Self-esteem?
Here are 10 small things one can do on a regular basis to improve self-esteem :
1. Your Choices in Life is in Your Hand
Many a times we do not exert any sort of control over certain situations, turn away from it and leave it completely upon fate.
People with low self-esteem quite often feel that they have little choice in their lives and about how they feel. The solution to this is grabbing as many choices as possible and follow them through and through.
The more one feels that he/she can control his/her choices in life, the more confident they become.
2. Practicing Good personal Hygiene
A regular shower, decent clothing and proper grooming can work wonder and has an immense impact on a person’s mental well-being. Self-care suffers when a person feels that he/she is contributing to nothing thereby making him/her feel low and depressed. This builds up negative feeling of self-worth.
Therefore, maintaining some amount of hygiene and grooming standards even if not willing from within will definitely enhance one’s self image over time.
3. Elimination of Negative Self Talk
Negative self-talk needs to be counteracted, restricted as much as possible and pushed away the moment it comes in one’s mind.
The quality of an individual’s present thoughts about themselves affects their overall outlook on who they are. Therefore, whenever we realize we are having negative thoughts about ourselves, we must then and there challenge and counter it with the positives that we see in us.
Taking help of a friend to generate a list of your positive sides can be a great help indeed. Reading the list every day before starting off with the daily chores or using the same when countering negative self-talk will sure shot overpower the latter and boost self-esteem.
4. Setting and accomplishing reasonable goals
Goal setting helps a person to work towards and achieve greater things in life.