Self-esteem is a feeling of self-worth. It is how we perceive ourselves. Self-esteem is very important to our mental health. People with high self-esteem tend to be happier and enjoy healthier relationships. They also tend to be more resilient. People with lower self-esteem often doubt their abilities and feel unworthy. Here are a few habits to improve your self-esteem!
Set Achievable Goals
When our goals are too big and we fail, it can damage our self-esteem. Setting attainable goals that are manageable and honor our abilities is essential. One way to set attainable goals is using the S.M.A.R.T goal method. This means setting a goal that is specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound. For instance, if your goal is to exercise more often. You may want to set a goal to go on a brisk walk for 20 minutes a day three times a week.
Cultivate a self-compassionate voice
We often are our own worst critics. It is important to treat yourself with kindness especially when trying to improve your self-esteem. One way to have self-compassion is to try the “how you would treat a friend” technique. How would you respond to a friend who feels bad about themself in a challenging situation? Imagine how things might change if you respond to yourself the same way you respond to a friend.
Celebrate Your Wins
Looking back at all you have accomplished can help give you the confidence to be resilient in your current challenges. Think about the skills you gained and the challenges you surpassed and reflect on how far you have come. It is also important to celebrate the small wins. For instance, celebrating your goal of walking 20 minutes a day will give you the encouragement to continue to strive for your goals.
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