The term self-esteem is used to describe a person’s overall subjective sense of personal worth or value—in other words, how much you appreciate and like yourself. Your self-esteem is defined by many factors, including Self-confidence (or feeling of security), Identity, Sense of belonging, Self-competence. Here are some tips that could help you to boost your self-esteem:
Become aware of negative thoughts and challenge them:
Learn to identify the distorted thoughts that are hurting your self-worth. When you find yourself engaging in negative thinking, try countering those thoughts with more realistic, positive ones.
Use positive self-talk.
Focus on using hopeful statements and try to focus more on the positive aspects of situations.
Practice forgiving yourself for past mistakes and move forward by encouraging and accepting yourself
List your accomplishments.
Think about all the things you’ve accomplished, then write them down. Make a list of everything you’ve done that you feel proud of, everything you’ve done well. Review your list when you need a reminder of your ability to get things done and to do them well.
Stop worrying about what others think.
When you worry about what others will think of you, you never feel free to be completely yourself. Make a firm decision to stop worrying about what other people think–begin making choices based on what you want, not what you think others want from you.
Let negative people go.
If there are people in your life who are negative–who have nothing positive to say or who put you down or take advantage of you–do the smart thing and let them go. The only way to find your self-esteem is to surround yourself with supportive positive people who admire you and value you.