No one is impervious to low self-esteem. At some point in our lives, we felt unhappy about ourselves. We will go through periods in our lives where our resolve and confidence will be tested. The key is to not any situation distort how you see, think, and feel about yourself. In the spirit of constantly trying to improve to become better, we’re listing down five ways to develop self-confidence and achieve positive self-image:
This doesn’t mean changing anything about you but more of enhancing what you already have. A great way to start improving yourself is to be presentable. You don’t have to be a fashion expert to know how to dress up nicely. The clothes you wear could literally change the way you carry yourself.
A big part of having a positive self-image involves knowing how to take care of your personal appearance. We feel better about ourselves when we take care of our bodies. So practice good hygiene, improve your posture, and work out regularly! All these could instantly perk you up, help you develop discipline, and also make you look even better!
Life would become much simpler if we remember that we’re not made to fit a specific mold. Learn to accept yourself, your quirks, imperfections, and the flaws that make you unique. Don’t be your own worst enemy; make peace with the fact that you deserve the good things coming your way! Stop sabotaging yourself and inadvertently making yourself miserable.
Refocus Your Mind
It’s easy to think that we have it worse than others when that’s not the case at all. It’s hard to remember how lucky you are when you’re all too consumed by feelings of inadequacy. So when things feel overwhelming, take a deep breath. Refocus your mind on all the things you should be thankful for and find beauty in every challenge. Refocusing the mind helps diffuse negativity that clouds the judgment and lowers self-esteem.
Make Firm Decisions
Enough with the second-guessing and trust your judgment. Be secure in the choices you make and you will start gaining more confidence in your abilities. Go with whatever feels right for you and don’t let outside influences keep you off track. And if, in retrospect, you felt that you’ve made with a wrong decision, then learn from the experience and move on.
You are unique; wouldn’t it be a shame to continue copying someone else? You are at your best when you’re true to yourself. Don’t be afraid to show your own unique personality. Don’t be overly critical of yourself just because you don’t fit a specific mold or when you fell short of your own expectations.
Most people tend to avoid changes because they are not comfortable with the idea of not knowing what to expect. They don’t like to venture out of their comfort zone because they don’t feel comfortable at being out of their element.
Unfortunately, the only thing inevitable in this life is change. There’s no point fighting it; you’ll only frustrate yourself. Rather than fear change, embrace it. Learn how to become flexible by adapting to changing situations. It’s the only way you’ll grow as a person.
Learn From Your Mistakes
Don’t let the past drag you down. Instead of bumming yourself out by thinking about what you could’ve done to change the past, accept that some things can’t be changed. You can’t go back in time and make things better. The best you can do is to learn from your mistakes, move on, and make sure you don’t make the same mistake twice!