Let’s be honest – almost everyone must deal with low self-esteem at some point in their lives. When your low self-esteem starts to effect how you live your life, it’s time to start making some changes.
Low self esteem can make a person feel like they aren’t good enough or that you don’t deserve the good things in your life.
This isn’t true.
The most common causes are a chemical imbalance in the brain, or trauma.
There are multiple self-esteem solutions that can help you get back to your life on your terms, regardless of what started the self esteem issues.
Stick to a Workout Routine
Now don’t jump to conclusions here – this isn’t meant to fat shame – it’s scientific. When you work out on a regular basis your body releases more endorphins. Because of this your mood will be elevated, and you will start to feel better.
On the other hand if your physical appearance is something that is bothering you, working out can start to bring you closer to your ideal. Taking small steps can make a big difference.
Sticking to an exercise routine will also allow you to always know you have that specific time carved out to spend on just yourself. Getting some you time every day can do just the trick.
Get Reacquainted with Yourself
When you suffer from low self-esteem, you stop finding happiness in the things you used to. In some cases, people choose to stop hobbies they once enjoyed because low self-esteem made them feel uncomfortable or like they weren’t good enough to keep up with the hobby.
It’s important to find something that you enjoy doing. Find what makes you happy, or at least not as sad. Once you start giving yourself time to figure out what makes you feel happy then you’ll start to find more things about yourself to be happy with as well.
It’s easy to lose yourself when you suffer from low self-esteem, it can be hard work to keep active and not just hide in your shell – but it’s important to try.
Be Nice to Yourself
One of the things that comes with low self-esteem is negative self-talk. It’s that little voice in your head that tells you that you aren’t good enough, you should quit or that you’re not attractive.
One thing that will help you with your self-esteem is learning how to quiet that voice and replace it with something positive.
If you don’t start to tame that voice it can lead to high stress levels, and lower motivation – on top of the low self-esteem. When you hear that little voice saying you can’t you need to start immediately telling yourself that you can, or you are good enough.
After you start to correct your thoughts, it will start to come naturally and at some point, the negative thoughts won’t even happen. You brain will go right to the positive ones.
Talk with Your Doctor
In some cases, low self-esteem can be caused by depression. If this is the case for you, seeing a doctor can help you. If it’s a chemical imbalance, then you can get medications to help balance it out.
Also, whether your low self esteem is caused by depression or trauma, talking with a therapist can help you work through it.
A lot of times people see things like depression or low self-esteem as weaknesses, but those of us who have had mental health issues know that couldn’t be further from the truth. You are strong, and you continue to fight every day. Getting help from a doctor can only make things easier.
Be Honest with Yourself
Sometimes it’s hard to get down to the root of what started your low self esteem but as with most things, you can’t fix them if you don’t know what the problem is.
This might be a hard thing to do but you need to be honest. Coming to terms with your past trauma can make you feel uncomfortable. Odds are that’s why you have been avoiding it up until now. However, this is a very important thing to do.
The same can be said if it’s your weight that’s bothering you. Sometimes admitting to yourself that you need to make changes can be very hard.
If you don’t take this step, then it’s likely that any progress you make toward improving your self esteem will only be temporary.
Be Easy on Yourself
Everything takes time, your low self-esteem didn’t happen overnight so it’s not going to go away overnight either. You must remind yourself that you are working on it, and that no one is perfect.
Keeping this in mind, it’s okay to slip up sometimes. If you start talking down to yourself or miss a few days at the gym it isn’t the end of the world. You just need to pick yourself up, dust off the dirt and keep going.
Just like practicing positive self-talk, this might be hard at first. It takes time to teach yourself to not be so judgmental, but it will get easier the longer that you do it.
Being hard on yourself will only make your self-esteem worse. You are a beautiful work in progress just like everyone else and you need to remind yourself that no one is perfect. If you are moving forward there is nothing to be ashamed of.