5 Ways to Improve Your Self Esteem

Self-esteem is a way to measure your overall sense of self-worth. It can be affected by many things, such as family upbringing and relationships. Your self esteem can also change over time, largely because of the way you treat yourself and what you believe about yourself. Self-esteem affects how you behave in social situations and other aspects of life. There are some ways that people with low self esteem may improve their confidence:

1) Take care of your body by eating well, exercising regularly, and getting enough sleep

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One way to improve your self-esteem is by taking care of your body. Your body is the only one you have. You can’t just buy a new one when it wears out, so it’s important to keep it as healthy as possible.

To do this, eat well, exercise regularly, and get enough sleep. These three things will help you feel better about yourself and give you more energy for other things in life like work or spending time with others.

Eating well means eating lots of different foods from all the food groups: vegetables and fruit; whole grains such as oatmeal and brown rice; proteins such as beans and tofu; dairy products including milk, cheese and yogurt; oils such as olive oil or canola oil; and finally, foods high in fat such as chocolate or whole eggs.

It’s also best to limit foods that are high in sugar and salt like candy and chips. Eating a healthy diet means at least eating some food from everyone of the different food groups every day.

Exercise does more than make your body look better – it also makes you feel better. Exercise releases endorphins, which are hormones that make you happy. Endorphins help improve your mood and make you feel good about yourself.

Exercise doesn’t have to be hard or take a lot of time. A brisk walk for 30 minutes a few times a week is a great way to start getting more active.

Getting enough sleep is important for your mental health as well as your physical health. When you don’t get enough sleep, you can feel grumpy, tired, and stressed. All of these things can make it harder to feel good about yourself. Try to get at least seven hours of sleep each night.

2) Practice good hygiene

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Basic hygiene is one way to improve your self esteem.

It’s essential for maintaining good health and fighting off infection and illness, but it can also make you feel more confident about yourself–that way others will be too.

But how do you get started? It’s easier than you think because there are a lot of practical tips to help reduce the time and hassle involved in practicing good hygiene. For example: wash your hands after using the bathroom or before eating; don’t share food or drinks with someone else; brush teeth twice a day; change clothes daily (especially underwear); shower at least once a day; trim fingernails regularly; keep hair clean by washing every few days. There are many other simple ways to practice good hygiene and keep yourself healthy, too.

3) Find something that makes you feel accomplished or proud

We all need a way to feel accomplished and proud. In the modern world, it can be difficult to find this feeling. The way we used to get our sense of accomplishment and pride was by working hard in school or succeeding in sports or getting into a good college. But these days, most people don’t have time for that kind of work ethic because they’re just trying to stay afloat financially and still spend enough time with their friends and family so nobody gets too lonely. These days, finding something that makes us feel accomplished or proud is more important than ever before. That way when we look back at the end of the day, we know there was at least one thing worth remembering about it. And if you can find an activity or passion that you’re good at, it makes the sense of accomplishment and pride even better.

4) Do something nice for someone else

Doing something nice for someone else is a way that can improve your self-esteem. Doing something nice for someone else will make you feel good about yourself and the person who receives it. When doing something kind for another person, we often feel like our own problems are not as bad and we have done an act of kindness which in turn improves our mood and helps us see things in a more positive way. Doing one thing to help ourselves can also help others too because if we’re feeling better then they might be feeling better too! If you find it hard to think of ways to do something nice, try thinking about what this other person likes or needs most–it could be anything from giving them your favorite coffee drink, remembering their birthday with a flower and note, or doing their dinner dishes before they get home. Another way to help other people is through donations of money or time. Try checking out volunteermatch.org for opportunities in your area that match the way you like to volunteer!

5) Learn to say no when necessary

It’s not easy to say no when you want to please someone. It takes courage, strength and confidence in your own abilities. But it also takes self-esteem. You have to believe that you are worth saying no to other people for, or else the word will lose its meaning entirely. Here’s how:

1) Think of the way you would feel if someone said yes instead of no to you, but did so resentfully because they felt obligated one way or another. That is likely what anyone who hears your refusal feels like right now – even if they don’t show it outwardly. The more often that happens with them, the worse their feelings about themselves get, which might lead them into feeling less confident about their own abilities, which could lead them into lowering their standards for themselves, which could lead to other bad things down the line.

2) The way other people feel should not be your first priority when considering whether you will say yes or no in a given situation. The way you feel should be your biggest priority after whatever else is important to you.

3) If other people look up to you and want your help, or if they depend on your help, find a way to say no that doesn’t damage their self-esteem. For example:

“I’m glad you asked me for that! It means a lot that you would ask me and then be happy with whatever I said. But right now I am too busy to take that on.”

4) There are some instances when you absolutely must learn to say no, for your own good. For example:

“I think it’s great that you want to help me move this weekend, but if everyone does what you’re doing, then the move is going to take forever. I’m going to have to say no.”

5) The way you say no can also be important, depending on the person and the situation. For example:

“I don’t think I can do that” gives the other person a way out in case they were expecting you to say yes. It gives them the opportunity to save face without having to say no themselves.

On the other hand, “I’m sorry but I can’t” is more of a way of making sure you don’t have any time for the request. It’s also putting the onus on them to get out of your way so you can get back to what you were originally doing.

6) If you can’t think of a way to say no that won’t damage the other person’s self-esteem, then try this:

“I’m sorry, but I don’t think I should do that.”

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