A self-esteem is the opinion of oneself; it also refers to one’s self-worth. A good self-esteem makes everything in life easier and far more enjoyable.
If you feel that your self-esteem is not what it should be, boost it by giving attention to the following:
- Learn to love yourself for who you are. If you like and accept yourself, those around you will too.
- Distance yourself from people who constantly criticise you and put you down; rather spend time with people who make you feel good about yourself when you are around them.
- Instead of accepting your changeable bad qualities, such as laziness and poor people skills, work at them to better yourself.
- Accept the things about yourself that you can’t change, such as not being able to sing in tune, and instead focus on the things that you are good at.
- Look for ways to better your good qualities in order to excel at what you are good at.
- Don’t build your self-esteem around what other people think of you, because people can be over critical and negative about others.
- Never put yourself down, instead of saying: “I can’t do this”, rather say: “This one’s a challenge”.
- Accept compliments from people gracefully.
- Don’t be too hard on yourself; anyone can make mistakes in life.
- Quit bad habits that make you feel guilty and depressed, like smoking or overeating.
Like Henry D Thoreau once said: “What a man thinks of himself, that it is which determines, or rather indicates, his fate”!