Boosting your self-esteem
By: Sarah Walsh
Updated: 01 January 2015
Most of us struggle with our self-esteem from time to time.
Self-esteem relates to the feeling of self-worth we have when we compare how we really are to how we aspire to be. We evaluate our self-worth in many different contexts, such as the school or work environment, our personal relationships and in social groups, and commonly, our physical appearance.
High self-esteem is associated with being accepted and approved of by others (as opposed to being rejected), acting in a way we perceive to be moral (as opposed to immoral) and being successful (not a failure). Our self-esteem can be challenged at times, and it can be difficult not to see ourselves in a negative light. In these situations, it is important to recognise and focus on positive feedback.
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Here are some ways to boost your self-esteem:
Give yourself credit
Try to observe and appreciate the achievements you have made in your life. Making a list of 5 things you have accomplished can be a simple yet effective way of appreciating your own self worth during those times when your confidence may be low.
Give yourself credit for everything you try. By focusing on what you can do, you applaud yourself for efforts rather than emphasizing end products. Starting from a base of what you should do helps you live within the bounds of your inevitable limitations.
Approach new experiences as opportunities to learn rather than occasions to win or lose. Doing so opens you up to new possibilities and can increase your sense of self-acceptance. Not doing so turns every possibility into an opportunity for failure, and inhibits personal growth.
Learn to evaluate yourself independently. Doing so allows you to avoid the constant sense of turmoil that comes from relying exclusively on the opinions of others. Focusing internally on how you feel about your own behaviour, work, etc. will give you a stronger sense of self and will prevent you from giving your personal power away to others.
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