10 Tips to Deal with Low Self-Esteem


Start A Compliment Jar: For an Entire Month write down something you like about yourself every single day. From your ability to write well or how much you like your eye color, any compliment that’s truly positive counts. At the end of the month, go through your positive thoughts and reflect on them.

Start Living for Now: Low self-esteem is often a problem of putting too much emphasis on things that can’t be changed or that are too far in the future to tell the outcome. I’m not talented enough, I’m going to fail – stop thinking these thoughts and live in the now.

Keep a Journal: When you write down your feelings, you get them out in a healthy way. Once you released them through quick and freeform writing, close your journal for the day and don’t open it again until it’s time to write again.

Become Aware of Your Negativity: When you catch yourself being negative, actively acknowledge it. When you recognize your negativity, you give yourself the chance to respond with positivity.

Ask Yourself: If someone else was in my position, would I make them feel negatively? Sometimes looking objectively at yourself and your situation can make you feel more positive.

Have Conversations with Yourself: Instead of falling back on verbal onslaughts with yourself, start talking to yourself like an adult. Converse with yourself. Why are you feeling like you do? How can you make it better?

Stop Judging Yourself and Others: Normally those with low self-esteem are also very negative in other areas of their life. If you find yourself criticizing others, stop this practice. Be more positive in all areas of your life.

Start Meditating: Doing something relaxing can help you become more positive with yourself. Try and let go of all inner anxiety and breath for 15 minutes a day – or more.

Learn to Let It All Go: Disconnecting from what’s making you anxious can sometimes be the best thing for you. When you have low self-esteem, learn not to put so much investment into what you’re upset by about yourself.

Be an Active Participant in Your Life: Don’t be a backseat driver. When you let your emotions run your life, you aren’t truly in control. Start actively participating in your life to help develop a more positive attitude.


contributor: Tamrin Afroz Zilani

North South University

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