From the Student Welfare Team: 10 tips for improving your self-esteem!

10 tips for improving your self-esteem

In a nutshell, self-esteem is your opinion of yourself and your abilities. It can be high, low or somewhere in-between. While everyone occasionally has doubts about themselves, low self-esteem can leave you feeling insecure and unmotivated. You might be able to identify a few things that are affecting your opinion of yourself [maybe your being bullied, or you might be feeling lonely], or it could be a mystery. Either way, if you are wondering how to improve your self-esteem, here are some things you can try:

Tip 1 – Be nice to yourself. That little voice that tells you you’re killing it [or not] is way more powerful than you think. Make an effort to be kind to yourself and, if you do slip up, try to challenge any negative thoughts. A good rule of thumb is to speak to yourself in the same wat that you would speak to your friends. It can be hard at first, but practice will help. Try writing down three things you like about yourself.

Tip 2 – You do you. Comparing yourself to other people is a sure way to start feeling bad. Try to focus on your own goals and achievements rather than measuring yourself against someone else’s. Nobody needs that kind of pressure.

Tip 3 – Get moving. Exercise is a great way to increase motivation. Practice setting goals and build confidence. Breaking a sweat also cues the body to release endorphins, the feel-good hormones.

Tip 4- Nobody’s perfect. Always strive to be the best version of yourself, but it’s also important to accept that perfection is an unrealistic goal.

Tip 5 – Remember that everyone makes mistakes. You’ve got to make mistakes in order to learn and grow, so try not to beat yourself up if you forget to hit CTRL+S on a super important assignment. Everyone has been there. 

Tip 6- Focus on what you can change. It’s easy to get catch up on all the things that are out of your control, but that does not help much. Instead try to focus your energy on identifying the things that are 3 within your control and see what you can do about them. Write down one thing that you’re not happy with, and three ways you can change it.

Tip 7 – Do what makes you happy .If you spend time doing things you enjoy, you will think more positively. Try to schedule in a little you-time every day.

Tip 8 – Celebrate the small. You got up on time this morning. Tick. You made a good breakfast. Winning. Celebrating the small victories is a great way to build confidence and start feeling better about yourself. Try writing down tree things you did well at the end of each day.

Tip 9 – Be a friend. Being helpful and considerate to other people will certainly boost their mood, but will also make you feel good about yourself.

Tip 10 – Surround yourself with supportive people. Find people who make you feel good about yourself and avoid those who tend to trigger negative thinking.

 There is more helpful information regarding self-esteem and confidence at the link below.







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