Self-esteem is an important part of our individual selves. Our level of self-esteem can directly affect how we live. As the world becomes more digital it is far easier for people to hide behind their technology.
Some of us can look for every excuse under the sun to avoid going outside. But self-confidence is linked to many areas to create a happy life. This article from Psychology Today explains why confidence is more important than you think.
According to Lexico.com, self-esteem is “Confidence in one’s own worth or abilities; self-respect.” This definition shows how important it is to be aware of your own level of self-esteem and to look after yourself.
If you have low self-esteem, there is no need to despair, help is at hand. There are many ways in which you can take hold of the situation and improve your life.
Improve Your Self-Esteem
Be Gentle To Yourself – Tip 1
If you have low self-esteem you need to learn to be gentle to yourself. There is no point in criticising yourself for everything you do or say.
Everybody has to start somewhere. And it is always possible that people with a high level of self-esteem used to be like you 🙂
Next time you catch yourself mentally telling yourself off. Stop that thought in its tracks. Then make sure you smile.
If you keep doing this action every time this happens, you will notice that you start having these thoughts less and less.
Body Language – Tip 2
Body Language is key to how you present yourself to others. It doesn’t matter if you are lacking confidence. By adjusting your body in different situations you can create a confident image.
By repeating different stances, your body will become accustomed to the responses you receive. After a while, your body will automatically adapt.
No longer will you have to “fake it till you make it”. It will start coming naturally and your confidence will grow. If you want to learn more, read this article which explains how body language can improve your confidence.
Handling Rejection – Tip 3
Rejection is hard for everybody.
It doesn’t matter what your confidence level is, nobody likes to be rejected. You can sometimes feel like your world has turned upside down. And how will you react to the rejection in the long-term?
- Will you let it affect you in a negative way?
- Will it affect your confidence in trying other things?
- Or will you use the experience as a learning experience?
These are all important questions to consider.
You need to start training your mind to think about the last question. Forget about the other two 🙂
What can you learn from this experience? … Let this experience of rejection inspire you to think and do better next time!
Here are some more ideas on how to handle rejection.
Your Support Network – Tip 4
Everybody needs a support network. This support can come from anywhere. A colleague, family member, relative, etc.
Think about all those times you fell over as a kid and your mother gave you a hug and told you everything would be fine. Or she managed to magically heal everything with the power of her hand.
We will have good and bad days. On the bad days make sure you check-in with your support network. Be it a group or a person. You will be feeling better in no time. It beats wallowing around at home by yourself. Analysing your self-worth.
Always remember that there are people that care about you and are happy to listen to you. They may even offer some advice. Sometimes a different perspective is all the tonic you need!
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Sally Leslie is a motivational coach and optimist. She helps freelancers and entrepreneurs create balance in their lives and work towards their personal and professional goals. Sally is also a B2B freelance writer for entrepreneurs, SMEs, and startups. A lover of plants, freedom, and football!