Low self-esteem is something millions of people experience each year. There are many causes that can contribute to it, both internal and external, but studies show that the leading cause is being the victim of bullying.
Bullying affects everybody in different ways. Some get upset with the one who bullies them, while others back down to the bully and allow it to continue. Regardless, the victim’s self-esteem is often damaged as a result.
Low self-esteem doesn’t just come from bullying, however. One could be experiencing unwanted weight fluctuation, have too much on their plate and feel overwhelmed, compare themselves to others, or any number of other reasons. Low self-esteem is difficult to notice and acknowledge, but there are also ways to combat it and get your self-image to skyrocket! Here are five great ways to help boost your self-esteem.
Master a New Skill
Mastering a skill can help boost self-esteem. Taking the time to learn a new skill or trade is a fun project for many people. Mastering a new skill will help you gain a sense of accomplishment and make you feel proud of yourself, as you should. Working hard at something and seeing your efforts manifested in a positive way does wonders for your self-confidence. Some skills to try and learn include:
• Sewing or knitting
• Cooking or baking
• Carpentry or woodworking
• A new instrument
Help Someone Else
Helping someone else is a great way to help boost your self-esteem. When others are in need of a hand or are unable to do something by themselves, do your best to help out, however you can. Helping someone else in their time of need leaves them, and you, feeling good.
Set Aside Time for Yourself
It is important to focus part of your day on yourself and make sure you’re happy. If you can, set aside time each day to make sure that you do something that you enjoy and can do alone. Being able to take some alone time in a positive way gives you time to recenter and reset yourself to be there for others who need you. It is crucial to remember that you deserve to smile and feel comfortable in your own skin.
Another way to really bring some self-confidence into your life is to treat yourself to whatever it is that you may have been wanting. It’s okay to put yourself first sometimes. You should absolutely go out and buy those shoes that you have been eyeballing at the mall. You should also throw yourself a day at the spa while you are at it. You might as well go and treat yourself to a fantasy day and do it only for yourself. This may not be something you can do all the time, but it’s okay to splurge on yourself from time to time.
Of all the ways that you can help boost your self-esteem, there is one thing that will be featured in every list you can find. Exercise. Exercise can change and tone your physical appearance and make you feel better about your body. More important, though, it can make you feel worlds better internally. Your body will function better, your mind will feel better, and as you become stronger and stronger, you realize that you can do more than ever before. That will help to boost your self-esteem through the roof.
So now it’s action time. Pick one (or all five) from the list and try it yourself. Are you looking for more support? Contact us, and we can map out a plan to increase your self-confidence.