As Maria Robinson once said, “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” Similarly, everybody can have a new beginning in their lives by improving the confidence in their abilities, i.e. self-esteem. Your self-esteem is directly proportional to the amount of happiness and stress management in your life. The way you feel about yourself has lasting impacts on your personal and professional life. In this blog, we bring 10 activities to frame your self-esteem and think positively about yourself.
1. Say No to your Inner Critic
In order to bring self-improvement and become a perfectionist, you tend to criticize yourself substantially. You have to make your self-talk positive so that you will stop self-criticizing and start appreciating yourself. You have to be aware of your thoughts and say ‘NO’ whenever any negative thought pops up in your head. It can spur you to get the acceptance of your life and you will end up being kind to yourself.
2. Build Healthy Relationships
The relationships you value in your life start defining your self-esteem indirectly, considering those are the important people you spend time with. If you are noticing toxic relationships with people, then ultimately you will end up feeling bad about yourself. On the other hand, healthy relationships will assist you in growing through companionship. They will help you to maintain a positive outlook and let go of feelings of depression, anxiety, and anger.
3. Stop Comparing yourself with others
Nobody is completely accomplished and you are not always meant to be one. When you start comparing yourself with others, you tend to put yourself down and believe others are an idealist. However, the grass is greener on the other side and you might be unaware of the weaker side of others. Instead of comparison, you can identify your talent and start working on your strengths and weaknesses. This will build your confidence and make you a dignified person.
4. Try some Affirmations
You can start your day with some positive affirmations such as I’m a happy soul, I’m becoming a better person every day, my life is fine and I’m enjoying it well, etc. This will boost your confidence and make you feel enthusiastic for rest of the day. It will put you in self-compassionate mode and bring your mindset at a balanced level. Make a list of such affirmations and inject them into your self-talk to improvise your self-esteem.
5. Work on your Physical and Mental Health
“Exercising creates empowerment both physically and mentally,” says Debbie Mandel, author of Addicted to Stress. You might have experienced the direct correlation between being healthy and having a better mindset. This can be continued forever if you work on physical and mental health regularly. For that matter, take out some time from your busy routine for exercising daily and include meditation and yoga in it to raise your morale for the sake of healthy life.
6. Differentiate between your Circumstances and who you are
Recognizing the inner worth and loving one’s imperfect self are the foundation stones for improving your self-worth. If you understand you are not in the situation you are facing, then you will be able to identify how failure or success can’t affect your core value system. With the help of this, you will start building your self-image, you will start knowing yourself in a better way and then others’ opinions won’t affect you that much. You will be resilient to what people think about you.
7. Try to notice Good Things around you
Instead of goofing around in the past and future, you need to be mindful to notice good things around you. Celebrate your success, ask your close ones why they love you or what they like about you, and accept the compliments. These small things will rejuvenate you and raise your self-assurance. When you start noticing good things around you, gratitude comes in the way and self-derogatory thoughts will just fly in the air as if they don’t exist!
8. Learn to become Assertive
Learning how to be assertive will escalate your self-esteem. Assertiveness is a skill that helps you stand up for your rights while respecting the rights of other people. Assertive people know how to express their feelings appropriately; they are capable of being authentic when it comes to offensive behavior from another person. Assertiveness aids you to become socialized in a better way and building a satisfactory environment around you.
9. Read more books
Books lend you a hand to be less hard on yourself. You will read all kinds of fictional or non-fictional stuff in the book and authors will tell you how they were able to learn from their mistakes and move on from heartbreaks. You will realize how small were your problems and how big this life could be.
10. Challenge yourself in difficult situations
Identify what scares you, what makes you feel uncomfortable and under-confident, or what perceives you to get upset. These bearings are your real inner challenges. Once you conquer these hardships, you will see how your better version is waiting for you on the other side. This activity will put you into the process of discovering yourself and you will end up loving yourself more and more!
In the end, you need to understand how vast this universe is and you are here to enjoy your life the way you prefer. You have to forget the past and forgive yourself for what went wrong. In fact, when you will discover how everything happened for a reason and that’s how life goes on, your mistakes will be the life lessons for you. The aforementioned 10 activities will boost your self-esteem and give you the sense of positivity in your life.