Namaste With Jason: Who Do You See In The Mirror? 8 Tips to Boost Self-Esteem
Low self-esteem plagues many of us.
Often it can stem from moments of neglect, deeply-rooted trauma stuck in our subconscious such as prolonged separation from parental figures, or even emotional, physical or sexual abuse.
Later in life, feelings of low self-esteem may come from rejection by our peers, lack of representation in the media, bouts of ill health, divorce, or discrimination on the grounds of our religion, culture, race, sex or sexual orientation.
People with low self-esteem tend to see the world as a hostile place and themselves as its victim. As a result, they feel powerless and miss out on experiences and opportunities, which lowers their self-esteem even further.
Luckily, there are steps you can take to increase your self-esteem and slowly overhaul the negative feelings bit by bit.
Anytime you start feeling down, here are 8 tips to get you back on your feet and feeling confident once more.
#1 Make something beautiful.
Whether it’s baking a batch of muffins to bring into the office, working on a painting or putting together a collage, creativity can be a great outlet.
# 2 Do something you’ve been putting off.
Surely you have some laundry to do, dishes to wash or errands to run – checking something off your to-do list will immediately lighten your mood at least a little bit.
# 3 Do something good for the community.
If you have the cash to spare, head over to a store, buy some basic necessities (sanitary pads, toothbrushes, tampons, toilet paper), and donate them to a nearby shelter.
If you have extra time, call your local food pantry, animal shelter, or boys and girls club and find out if there’s anything you can do to help out.
# 4 Make your living space somewhere you feel safe and comfortable.
Get rid of clutter, buy a plant, or clean your windows. Taking care of your personal space will make you feel more clear-headed when you’re in it.
# 5 Listen to Daily Affirmations
Get inspired by some of my free affirmations on YouTube. These are great mind boosters for any time of the day or evening.
# 6 Get some exercise.
When I feel worried, I try to get to my yoga mat ASAP because it makes me focus on my breath and works out my tense muscles.
Find something that makes you excited to move. At the very least, go for a walk around a shopping mall or museum.
# 7 Pay particular attention to your personal hygiene.
Take a shower, try a face mask, make a sugar scrub, brush your hair or trim/paint your nails. Taking the time to focus on your body will make you feel better about yourself.
# 8 Make plans to meet up.
Even if you’re an introvert at heart, try to make a little time to socialize.
Plan to meet a friend for coffee, to see a movie, or ask to stop by for a quick visit. It’ll make you feel better.
Much peace, love and confidence your way,