A great way to battle negative self-esteem is to challenge negative thoughts! Think of this as an example: You fail an exam that everyone else thought was easy to ace. In this situation it’s easy to think or say to ourselves, “Ugh, I’m such an idiot,” but this is extremely unhealthy to our self-esteems! Try reframing your thoughts more positively when something like this happens. Tell yourself “I’ll do better next time.” Also, as cliche as it might seem, try complimenting yourself more often. Tell yourself you are beautiful when you look in the mirror, tell yourself you did a good job when you succeed, and tell yourself it’s okay to make mistakes when you don’t!
If you know your self-esteem could be better, you’ve already taken the first step to making it better! Self-awareness is the key to improving our lives and making decisions to better ourselves. The next step to take is to acknowledge the things in your life that are deflating your self esteem. Whether it’s the people you spend time with, the time you spend on social media, or something hurtful someone once said to you, you want to recognize that there are factors that can hurt our self-esteem and it’s not always entirely our faults. Below is a quiz you can take to help you figure out where your self-esteem is at. Try it out and see if it needs some improvement! If it does, you’ve made the first step to a better life by becoming aware. Admitting your self-esteem could use some improvement is the first action step to take towards a happier, healthier future!
You can check out a link to the quiz here!
Stay healthy, Chaps!
-Katie and Annie