With the nights growing ever-long and the autumnal chill setting in, it’s increasingly important (now more than ever) to make sure you’re taking the extra steps to make sure your happiness is not being compromised by these all-familiar winter blues.
Low self-esteem can have a bearing on almost every aspect of your life. If you’re struggling with a lack of confidence, and it’s holding you back, here are some actionable strategies you can employ to enhance self-esteem.
Be mindful of triggers
Many of us experience fluctuations in our confidence levels. One day we feel OK, the next, we feel like we look awful, we don’t want to leave the house or we can’t possibly do the task that has been set by our college tutor or employer. If you find yourself going through highs and lows, try and identify triggers. What makes you feel good, and what has a negative impact? For many of us, social media can be hugely positive and we love to connect with friends and work colleagues, but there’s also a downside. It’s easy to get carried away comparing yourself to others, and this can make you feel worthless or inadequate. If you do start to notice trends, or you spot triggers, try to take action. If social media is an issue, avoid spending time scrolling through edited pictures or following certain accounts if you know that it’s going to make you feel down.
Address specific issues
All of us have days when we don’t feel our best, but for some people, there are specific issues that contribute to low self-esteem. If you have reservations about your weight, you’ve always disliked your teeth, or you’re self-conscious about the size of your breasts, for example, you may wish to think about addressing these issues so that you can work on building confidence. You can decide whether to accept the features that you see as flaws, or you can make changes. More and more people are visiting surgeons like those at MyBreast to find out more about surgery and cosmetic procedures, there are solutions for sustainable weight loss and dentists can provide a host of treatments to enhance the aesthetic of the smile. Always make sure that you make decisions based on your own thoughts, feelings and desires. You should never feel pressured into having any kind of treatment or procedure.
Focus on your strengths
We are usually our own worst critics, and this can take its toll on confidence and self-esteem. Instead of focusing on your flaws and imperfections, concentrate on your strengths. You are unique, and often, the things we dislike about ourselves are the quirks that others love about us. Be kind to yourself. Nobody is perfect.
Surround yourself with people who lift you up
Human beings are naturally sociable, and most of us enjoy spending time with others. The problem is that not every relationship is positive. While some people will lift us up and make us feel valued, loved and respected, others can put us down and make us unhappy. As you get older, you often realise that quality is better than quantity when it comes to friends. Try and surround yourself with people who make you feel good and cut ties with those who have a negative impact on your mental health.
A lack of confidence can hold you back and prevent you from getting the most out of life. If you’re looking to boost your self-esteem, take these tips on board.