Updated: Nov 24, 2020
Low self-esteem can cause a vicious cycle, which makes you feel worse and worse. Feeling badly about yourself can lead you to feel unmotivated to change what is making you feel down in the first place. If you don't change the root cause of your negative feelings, then your self-esteem takes an even deeper dive.
This cycle of negativity can be damaging, but there are things that you can do to break the cycle.
Try these techniques to give your self-esteem a boost:
1. Learn and master a new skill. When you learn a new skill and become good at it, your confidence will no doubt grow. The increase in confidence is especially true if the skill benefits something you already do.
2. Make a list of all of your accomplishments. It can be easy to forget all of the things you've achieved in your lifetime. Make a list of these accomplishments and read the list to remind yourself of them from time to time. You'll feel much better about yourself.
3. Do something creative. Being creative helps to stimulate your brain, and the more use your mind gets, the bigger the benefits. If you combine creativity with trying something new, even more benefits will be achieved.
4. Set values for your life. What are your values? Does your current lifestyle reflect these values? If it doesn't, take action to make the necessary changes. Learning who you are and what you stand for, and then living these values, will increase your confidence.
5. Think positive. Instead of thinking negatively when faced with a difficult task, think about it as a challenge that you can overcome. Think positively, consider what you can learn from the experience, and be proud of yourself once you've accomplished it.
6. Widen your comfort zone. Try new things. Go to new places. Meet new people. As a result, you'll see your confidence grow.
7. Help someone. When you help someone else, you'll feel a sense of achievement and enjoy higher self-esteem.
8. Try to heal your past. Past issues or drama can prevent you from moving on and growing as a person. You may want to speak to a trained counselor to talk through any problems you may have.
9. Avoid worrying about what others think. The one person whose opinion of you matters is you! Do what you feel is best; explore confidence that you did your best and soar your self-esteem.
10. Read something inspirational. Stories of others who have overcome issues or dire situations and gone on to lead successful lives can inspire you to do the same. Self-help content can inspire you to reach for the stars and help you get there. Such inspiration also makes you feel optimistic and better about yourself.
11. Stay away from negative people. There will be people in your life who always seem to put you down and leave you feeling bad about yourself. It may be best to let them go. Instead, surround yourself with positive people who will lift you and make you feel good about yourself.
12. Take care of your appearance. When you look after yourself, you are going to feel good about yourself too.
13. Focus on what you can change. Some things in life are out of our control. Focus your energy on the things you can control, and you'll happily find that you can change your life for the better.
Once you incorporate some of these tips into your daily life, your self-esteem will begin to grow. It may not happen overnight, but with the time you will undoubtedly see an improvement.