I’m not always peppy, y’all. There’s no way I can be positive all the time with so many stressful events happening in the world. Luckily, I’ve developed a strategy to help me get through those days when I feel down in the dumps. Follow these three ways to boost your self-esteem when you need a pick-me-up. Remember, the storm will eventually pass; good days are on the horizon!
Don’t Be Mean to Yourself
I’m my own worst critic, y’all. I swear, I beat myself up for the tiniest mistakes. However, I’ve been trying very hard not to be so mean to myself recently. You know what? I feel so much better every day. Instead of speaking my negative thoughts into the air, I try my hardest to be as kind to myself as possible. In fact, I force myself to say one thing I love about myself every morning. While I still feel a little awkward, I do believe it’s making me a better person. I encourage others to do the same.
I used to cringe whenever someone said something nice about me. Part of the reason is that I struggle to see my self-worth. Also, I didn’t want to seem too egotistical. Who wants to be friends with a cocky gal who think she’s the best thing since sliced bread? Though, I’ve come to realize there’s a way to accept compliments without being rude. Now, if my friends say I look great or admire my haircut, I politely thank them for their well wishes and tell them how much their affirmations mean to me. This practice has improved my relationships and changed the way I think about myself.
Self-isolation was tough on me, y’all. At the beginning of the crisis, I’d just lay on my couch and watch Netflix for days on end. After a few weeks, I snapped out of it and implemented a self-care routine. I started cooking more and developing new hobbies. I also ditched the sweatpants a few times per week in favor of a more put-together outfit. It turns out, clothing can affect your mood in so many ways. Obviously, I was depressed and unmotivated when I stayed in my pajamas all day. Once I threw on cohesive outfits, I started feeling much better. So, please, take care of yourself. I truly think it’ll change the way you feel.
Everyone doubts themselves occasionally. However, these negative thoughts should be few and far between, y’all. Follow these three ways to boost your self-esteem if you’re having a hard time believing in yourself. The truth is, the more self-worth you have, the bigger a difference you’ll make in the world.