1. CHALLENGE BAD THOUGHTS ABOUT YOURSELF
Replace them with more positive thoughts which celebrate things you’re good at. You can do this by writing down a list of at least three things you do well.
Remember this list when you start feeling low, this will help bring yourself back to reality.
2. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF
Eating well and exercising boosts endorphins, the body’s natural opiates, which make you feel good on the inside and stimulates a more positive mood.
When you exercise, you’ll ease stress and feel better about yourself. Having a cheesy dance in your bedroom, or going for a jog around the block are great ways to boost your self-esteem.
The constant feeling of stress can play a huge role in low self-esteem. It makes you feel negative thoughts more often, it reduces your confidence and you’ll probably feel too tired to exercise, be social or do a lot of the things you love.
Reducing your stress by taking time out to do something you find relaxing is a great starting point to making yourself feel be anything from taking as you name it, if it to works for you, it works!
4. SET GOALS
This can be as simple as finishing off a piece of work or tidying up (and we all know how challenging this can be!)
You’ll feel an enormous sense of accomplishment when you’ve ticked off everything on your list for the day.
The trick is to not get bogged down by the list; some days you won’t manage to get it all done and that’s OK too! We all have off days, maybe make a shorter list for the next day and see how you get on?
5. HELP SOMEONE OUT
This can be a friend, family member or even a classmate who is struggling with their work or having a tough time at school. You could give them some advice or just be there to listen to a problem.
It’s amazing how much our confidence is boosted when we do selfless things – do one thing a week to help someone else without expecting anything in return.