4 Ways to boost your self esteem

Hello February!
As we enter into the second month of the year, this month is national #BoostYourSelfEsteem Month. 
In a nutshell, self-esteem is your opinion of yourself and your abilities. It can be high, low or somewhere in-between. While everyone occasionally has doubts about themselves, low self-esteem can leave you feeling insecure and unmotivated. You might be able to identify a few things that are affecting your opinion of yourself (maybe you’re being bullied, or you might be feeling lonely), or it could be a mystery.
With the current world pandemic, everyone is experiencing low times and feel a sense of their mental health is breaking, so to help ignite that spark again, we have listed a number of ways to help boost yourself esteem. 
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1. Identify and challenge your negative beliefs

Notice your thoughts about yourself. For example, you might find yourself thinking ‘I’m not clever enough to do that’ or ‘I have no friends’. When you do, look for evidence that contradicts those statements. Write down both statement and evidence, and keep looking back at it to remind yourself that your negative beliefs about yourself are not true.


The little book of good enough: Quiet your inner critic , Ditch the doubt and own your worth - by Eimear Zone
Quiet: Silencing the brain chatter and believing that you are good enough - by Fearne Cotton
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2. Recognise what you're good at 

We're all good at something, whether it's cooking, singing, doing puzzles or being a friend. We also tend to enjoy doing the things we're good at, which can help boost your mood.


Kaizen : The Japanese Method for transforming habits, one small step at a time - by Sarah Harvey 
The Power of discipline: How to use self control and mental toughness to reach your goals. - by Daniel Walter

3. Give yourself a challenge

We all feel nervous or afraid to do things at times. But people with healthy self-esteem do not let these feelings stop them trying new things or taking on challenges.
Set yourself a goal, such as joining an exercise class or reading a book a week. Achieving your goals will help to increase your self-esteem.


Power Hour: How to focus on your goals and create a life you love. - by Adrienne Herbert 
Good Habits Bad Habits: The science of making positive changes that stick - by Wendy Wood
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4. Improve Your Physical Health 

It is much easier to feel good about ourselves when we are fit and healthy.
However, people with low self-esteem often neglect themselves, because they do not feel that they ‘deserve’ to be looked after.
Try taking more exercise, eating well, and getting enough sleep. It is also a good idea to make time to relax and to do something that you want to do, rather than something that someone else expects you to do. You may find that simple changes like this can make a huge difference to your overall outlook.


Pinch of Nom - by Kay Featherstone and Kate Allinson 
The Meal Prep King Plan: Save time lose weight eat the meals you love - by Meal Prep King
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