Everyone has self-esteem. This is made up of the thoughts we have about ourselves and these thoughts play a significant role in almost everything we do.
Being confident and having healthy self-esteem is really important as it helps you make positive choices in your everyday life.
Low self-esteem could have damaging effects on your mental health, the decisions you make, your appearance, and eventually, your future.
It’s important to believe, that you can work towards a change in attitude. Change does not happen that easily or quickly, however, it can happen.
Here are some tips on how to build confidence and improve your self-esteem.
1. CHALLENGE BAD THOUGHTS ABOUT YOURSELF
Replace negative thoughts with more positive thoughts which celebrate things you’re good at. You can do this by writing down a list of things you do well.
Remember this list anytime you begin to feel low, this will help you deal with doubting your capabilities.
The constant feeling of stress could contribute to low self-esteem.
This leads to frequent thoughts of negativity about yourself, it reduces your confidence and makes you unenthusiastic about being social and doing the things you love.
Reducing your stress by taking time out to do something you find comforting can be a good starting point to make yourself feel better.
3. SET GOALS
Take the time to think about what you’d like to achieve in a day.
Then set realistic goals for yourself each day and remember to keep track of your progress by taking note of all your accomplishments.
You’ll feel a great sense of accomplishment when you’ve ticked off everything on your list for the day.
4. HELP SOMEONE OUT
It’s amazing to find out how much one’s confidence is boosted or enhanced when we do selfless things, do one thing a week to help someone without expecting anything in return.
This can be a friend, family member, or even a classmate who is struggling with an issue and you could give them some advice or just be there to listen to them.
.5. TRY NEW THINGS
Our brains are really good at learning new stuff and the newer stuff you learn, the better you get at learning it, and the more likely you find things you can be passionate about.
6. HANG AROUND WITH PEOPLE WHO MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD
Sometimes our friends don’t make us feel good, but You need to spend your time with people who appreciate and care about you more.
This doesn’t even need to be your friends, but they could be family members, neighbors, and even your partner.
7. ACCEPT YOURSELF
Self-acceptance is the key to feeling confident. Appreciate the compliments you receive by simply saying ‘thank you’ rather than brushing those compliments aside or answering them with a negative.
Trust me you may think some people have it all, but nobody is perfect.
We all have flaws. Learn to accept your imperfections and love them because they are what makes you unique.
Author: Nana Adwoa Wiafe-Akenten | universnewsroom.com