Low self-esteem is a growing problem. Especially in young people. There is so much pressure today to be successful, to have a great job, to look a certain way, to have a perfect life, and to be happy about it. These pressures often lead to low self-esteem and self-confidence, which in turn can lead to depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues. With the number of people suffering from depression growing year on year, it’s more important than ever that we find ways to boost our self-esteem. Here are some easy ways you can do just that.
Gabe Howard is a professional speaker, award-winning writer, and activist who lives with bipolar and anxiety disorders. Diagnosed in 2003, he has made it his mission to put a human face on mental illness. He is the recipient of the 2014 Mental Health America Norman Guitry Award, placed second in HealthCentral’s LiveBold competition, was a 2015 WEGO Health Awards Finalist in the Health Activist Category, as well as received a Best of the Web – Blog award.
Editor: Nadeem Noor
Take a Social Media Break
Social media is wonderful. It is a great way to keep in touch with your friends and family and have fun. However, it can also lead to jealousy and damage your self-confidence. If you find you are always comparing your own life to what others share, perhaps it’s time to take a break.
Take a Vacation
Life can be stressful. If you’re working, studying, or raising a family, sometimes it can all get too much. Book some time off and get away if you can. If not, just spend some time relaxing at home. This can help you to energize and gain some fresh perspective on your problems.
We all know negative people. Those that are always making negative comments or bringing you down. Cut them out. You don’t need that kind of friendship. Instead, surround yourself with positive people that make you feel good.
Learning something new, or updating your existing knowledge can be a great way to boost your self-esteem. Learning is a wonderful way to keep your mind alert, cut negativity, and boost your mood. With online courses available in everything from crafts and hobbies to a health law degree there is no excuse not to.
Focus on One Thing at a Time
There will be times in your life when everything seems too much. You get overwhelmed by everything going on and nothing seems right. In these cases, it’s important to focus on one problem at a time. If your career has stalled consider a course such as a health care law degree from Hofstra Law to give it a boost. If you’re having trouble at home, speak to your family and try to spend quality time with them.
Getting some exercise is a brilliant way of boosting your self-esteem. Cardio exercise releases endorphins, serotonin, and adrenaline, all of which will help you to feel great. If you are new to exercise start with a brisk walk or a couch to 5k program.
Eating a healthy diet will not only help you to maintain a healthy weight, it will also help you to sleep better, feel more energetic and cut your risk of illnesses. Making a few simple changes to your diet can be all it takes.
Reduce Alcohol Intake
Alcohol directly affects the chemistry of your brain. Drinking more than the recommended amount can have a negative effect on your mood. Reducing your intake can improve your mood and the way you feel about yourself.
If you are struggling and these tips don’t help consider speaking to a doctor or counselor who can help you find the root of your problems.