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    How to enhance your self-esteem

    Is your self-esteem at its lowest level? Allowing this feeling to linger in your system for a long time isn’t good for your mental state. This could lead to both anxiety and depression. If you want to enhance your self-esteem, here are a few tips you can try


    Tip #1 – Positive self-affirmations

    Yes, definitely one of the most effective techniques to improve your self-esteem and be more confident with yourself is to practice positive self-affirmations like “I can handle this” or “I’m going to give it my best shot to succeed”. You can try these positive affirmations whenever you are feeling down and need a morale boost. Just a piece of advice when you are practicing self-affirmations – make sure they are realistic.

    Tip #2 – Know your potentials and develop them

    Now it’s time to do your self-assessment. What are your potentials? Are you good at baking yummy goodies? If yes, why not enroll in an advanced baking class and get a certification or additional personal training? These types of actions will not only boost your confidence but also give you that feeling of accomplishment.

    Tip #3 – Avoid setting unrealistic goals

    Sometimes, how we perceive ourselves is what will make us feel a total failure like setting our standard too high or setting unrealistic goals. It’s time to change this kind of strategy and focus on what you can do for now. For example, instead of being too harsh on yourself to complete a project in a week (which in reality is quite impossible), why not leave yourself a buffer of a few days in case there are unforeseen delays? Why? If you set your expectations unrealistically, you will end up feeling incompetent once you’re not able to attain your goals, .

    Tip #4 – Listen to more compliments

    There are times that we are too centered on our own negative feelings that we tend to neglect the compliments that other people give us. Listen more to compliments that your loved ones, friends, and even colleagues at work give you. If someone says, “You are doing great on your assigned task”, then, smile and accept the compliment with a grateful heart. Do not overthink or even question if that person really means it or not.

    Tip #5 – List your top qualities

    Another tip to help enhance your self-esteem is to develop a list of your top qualities that set you apart from others. For example, you are kind, patient, and trustworthy. When you have a bad day at work because of not getting the promotion that you are expecting, go over your list and look for that quality that you feel strongly about. Write a short paragraph about how this quality can help you get that promotion in the future. Try doing this every day before going to bed for a week, or whenever you need to boost your self-esteem.

    These are just a few, simple tips that will not only improve your self-esteem but prevent it from going down whenever you are bombarded with challenges. It’s normal to feel low or not too confident at some points, but if this prevents you from living life to the fullest, you have to face this issue and act upon immediately.

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