Feeling low? Self esteem gone MIA (missing in action)? Try these quick tips to get it back in a flash AND boost your mood!
1. Change your Body Language Ever been in a meeting or interview and found yourself hunched in a chair with your legs together or hands clasped tightly? A pose like this can exacerbate feelings of nervousness, but the good news is you can fake it till you make it by adjusting your posture. Standing in a "power pose", pushing your shoulder back and drawing yourself up to your full height is a great way to boost your self esteem instantly. Researchers have found that when people strike a power pose, they perceive themselves as being physically stronger and taller than they actually are.
2. Kill Negative Thoughts Turning your "inner critic" into an "inner coach" is crucial to boosting self-esteem. The first step is to be aware of what’s happening and ask yourself if these thoughts are reality or just someone’s opinion. Negative thoughts, such as 'I'm too fat', can sometimes be learned language which stems from being told as a child that you shouldn't eat certain things. When you catch yourself doing this ask, 'What would my inner coach say instead?'" It may feel silly at first, but even if you don't believe it initially, it doesn't matter. The point is to change your neural pathways to a more positive way of thinking.
3. Get moving Regular exercise stimulates neuro chemicals and hormones that leave you feeling happier and more relaxed. It also boosts confidence and self-esteem through making you feel better about your appearance. A brisk 30-minute walk or workout is all it takes to unleash these chemicals and Endorphins (the "happy hormone") and can keep your mood and self esteem boosted for up to 12 hours after.
4. Learn a new skill People who take up an adult learning scheme − whether it's a dance class or computer course generally have better health and are less likely to be depressed than those who don't. Getting out of your comfort zone on a regular basis is important because often people who seem confident are just comfortable in a certain environment. Underneath the surface, they actually have low self-esteem.
5. Be realistic about photo images Exposure to photographs of celebrities and models can cause self-esteem to plummet, particularly for overweight women. Overweight women's self-esteem always decreases when they view photos of models, regardless of the size of the model. Even women with a normal body mass index (BMI) have lower levels of self-esteem when they look at thinner models.
Older women are also affected by these images, feeling like they look older than they should. Don't compare yourself to celebrities and models - the images you see are usually touched up with programs like Photoshop.
Love Yourself Up Acknowledge your achievements!Think about all the difficult or challenging situations you have faced in the past, from learning to drive to passing exams and dealing with failed relationships. You got through all of these events in order to grow and develop as a person. They have helped shape the person you are today. Jot down a list of all your positive achievements and attributes, along with all the things you want in your life. Keep it close to hand so you can read it when you feel down and remind yourself of how awesome you really are!
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