HOW TO OVERCOME LOW SELF ESTEEM
1. VIEW THINGS DIFFERENTLY
Look at tricky situations from alternative angles. Try to replace thoughts like ‘why should I bother?’ with ‘I won’t know unless I try’.
By looking at a situation through a more realistic lens you’ll realize that you actually can do what you want – you just need to apply a bit more positivity!
By doing this every time you have a negative thought, you’ll eventually default to this kind of positivity on the regular, and who doesn’t love a go-getter? Sometimes we just need to think and try different things to overcome having low self-esteem.
2. TRY OUT THINGS YOU HAVEN’T DONE BEFORE
Our brains are really good at learning new stuff and the more new stuff you learn, the better you get at learning it and the more likely you find things you can be passionate about.
Everyone needs a creative outlet; music, art, dance, games, sewing, cooking, web design – all you need to do is get on YouTube and find some tutorials. All the information you need is out there – it’s just waiting for you to watch it.
3. SURROUND YOURSELF WITH PEOPLE WHO WILL BE A POSITIVE INFLUENCE ON YOU
Sometimes our friends don’t make us feel good, and that’s okay. You just need to spend your time with other people who appreciate and care about you more. This doesn’t even need to be your friends, but they could be family members, online friends or neighbours, and those friends who aren’t helping your mood. And think about trying to distance yourself from those people who make you feel bad about yourself.
It can be a little tricky at first, but even if they’re the most popular kid in school or the coolest person you know, it’s really not worth hanging out with them if they make you feel rubbish!
Strengthen friendships and relationships and you’ll most certainly feel better about things in the long run!
4. ACCEPT WHO YOU ARE
Nobody is perfect. We all have issues and we all have flaws. Learn to accept your ‘flaws’ or imperfections and love them, because they are what make you unique. So, don’t try to change yourself.
Self-acceptance is the key to feeling confident. When people pay you compliments, simply say ‘thanks’ rather than brushing them aside or countering them with a negative.
5. KEEP REMINDERS AND RECORDS OF ALL THE THINGS YOU HAVE SUCCEEDED ON
Souvenirs are a great way to see all the cool things you’ve been doing. How about making a ‘wall of fame’ in your bedroom with snaps of you and your friends?
We are living in an age where we have a camera in our pocket at all times…take more pictures!
Capture those memorable moments and when you look back at them, you’ll realize how many awesome things you’ve done this year!
You are what you want to be or what you make yourself to be, do not let anyone make you think otherwise. You are special in your way.