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8 Ways to Boost Your Self Esteem

8 Ways to Boost Your Self Esteem

Morgan Lathrom

June 10th 2021

As summer is approaching and you are in and out of quarantine, you may be starting to get down on ourselves. Maybe because you didn't look the same before quarantine, or maybe you just are lacking self confidence because of recent events, could it be that you are so consumed with social media posts since COVID hit that you have started to get down on yourself? Or maybe you just haven't had any self confidence in a long time. Whatever the case may be, I have been feeling the lack of self-esteem too. It is not fun at all, to not feel good in your own body, for whatever reason there may be. This is a process, it won't happen overnight, but little by little your self-esteem will come to you! So I have collected 8 ways to be able to help boost that self-esteem and I want to share them with you!

1. List all your accomplishments

This can be in your notes on the phone, you can write them down, say them aloud in the mirror whatever the case may be. No matter how small or big of an accomplishment it is, write it down. By writing these down you will start to feel proud of everything you’ve done well. Review your list when you need a reminder and a confidence boost!

2. Learn to accept compliments

When someone compliments you on anything, it makes you feel good. Your initial reaction on hearing a compliment might be something along the lines of “This is a joke, right?” or “Is this person serious?” This is because of your lower self-esteem and now you yourself don’t believe in the compliment. But if you say “thank you” everytime it someone compliments you, it helps correct that inner critic, and allows your brain to believe in the compliment.

3. Eliminate self-criticism

When your self-esteem is low, you are likely to damage it even further by being self-critical. Whenever your self-critical inner voice kicks in, ask yourself what you would say to a friend if they were in your situation and direct those comments to yourself. Doing this will avoid damaging your self-esteem even more, and will help build it up instead!

4. Healthy Habits

By exercising, eating right, and performing self-care these can all contribute to a positive self-esteem. By exercising it can release endorphins which contribute to happiness and can help you boost that self-esteem. By eating right, you can feel better about yourself and not have that inner critic hurting you. With self-care it can help you relax, and show that you need time to help yourself, your mind, your body is what matters at the end of the day.

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