19 December, 2019

Self-esteem describes an individual’s overall sense of self-worth. Signs of healthy self-esteem can include: the ability to express your needs, the ability to say no, having a positive outlook, the ability not to allow negative experiences to impact a person’s overall perspective and the ability to see overall strengths and weaknesses and accept them.

Below are suggestions on how an individual can improve their self-esteem:

  1. Pursue your interests. Make a list of the things that you like doing or would like to do. Pick one thing from this list and start doing it.
  2. Surround yourself with people who celebrate your strengths and not your weaknesses.
  3. Treat yourself. Everyday do the things that you enjoy and make you feel good.
  4. Know when you’re not being fair on yourself. When you have a negative thought about yourself, stop and question if this negative thought is based on fact or not.
  5. Don’t compare yourself to others. Focus on what you yourself want to accomplish instead of comparing yourself to others.
  6. Set manageable goals. Goals that are too ambitious can be setting yourself up for failure.
  7. Exercise. Physical exercise can positively influence self-esteem.