Do you find that you often look for approval from friends, family, and co-workers?
If so, increasing your self-esteem through activities may give you the confidence you've been looking for!
What is Self-Esteem?
how you see yourself
based upon opinions you have of yourself
often referred to as self-confidence
Self-esteem can impact:
your personal life
your professional life
your relationships with others
What Are the Signs of Low Self-Esteem?
11 Signs of Low-Self-Esteem
Feelings of a lack of control
Constant comparison to others
Difficulty asking for what you need
Self-doubt and worry which leads to second-guessing yourself
Difficulty accepting compliments
Negative self-talk which leads to self-blame
Fear of failure which often leads to avoidance
Poor outlook which makes it difficult to engage in positive behaviors
Lack of boundaries which can allow others to take advantage
People-pleasing which often leads to neglecting your own needs
Annie often finds her ex in her kitchen when she arrives home from work. She's afraid it would be rude to tell him it's inappropriate to show up unannounced. Which signs of low self-esteem does Annie display?
5 Activities That Will Help Increase Your Self-Esteem
1. Create a Vision Board
Author Shannah Kennedy shares that vision boards allow people to imagine a positive future which can be motivational and can increase self-confidence and esteem.
A vision board should represent your goals and dreams
It can be created digitally (using Canva or a similar site) or using magazine pictures
Place it where you can look at it every day
It can be a calming activity
2. Set Up Small Goals
Setting small goals provides a sense of purpose and something to work towards which can increase self-esteem.
Pick 2-4 small goals
Goals can be daily, weekly, or monthly
Choose goals that you know you can accomplish
Write the goals down (on paper or digitally)
Check off each goal when achieved
3. Be Kind To Yourself
According to the Harvard Business Review, treating yourself with kindness builds self-esteem.
Give yourself grace when things don't go as planned
Pump yourself up when things feel challenging
Instead of focusing on the negatives, find positive things that you love about yourself
Take time for yourself doing things that you love
Research has shown that exercise increases self-esteem.
Exercise increases endorphins which make you feel happier
Any form of exercise can produce positive effects that put you in a good mood
Exercising consistently (3-4 times a week) keeps your mind in a positive state
5. Positive Affirmations
Studies have shown that daily positive affirmations can increase self-esteem.
Look through books or the internet for affirmations that are meaningful to you
Write the affirmations down (post-it notes, pieces of paper, etc)
Place the affirmations in a place where you will see them (the bathroom mirror, a bedside table, the coffee maker, etc) every day
Read the affirmations every day
Are you ready to build your self-esteem?