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:
- 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.
- Surround yourself with people who celebrate your strengths and not your weaknesses.
- Treat yourself. Everyday do the things that you enjoy and make you feel good.
- 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.
- Don’t compare yourself to others. Focus on what you yourself want to accomplish instead of comparing yourself to others.
- Set manageable goals. Goals that are too ambitious can be setting yourself up for failure.
- Exercise. Physical exercise can positively influence self-esteem.