7 ways to boost your self esteem
A good level of self-esteem helps us deal with life better, but sometimes it takes a knock. How can you rebuild it so you feel happier and more confident?
- Remember that you are special and unique and that you deserve as much consideration from others as you give to them.
- Don't judge yourself only on the things you feel you did wrong or that need improvement. By all means, learn from your failures, and be ready to do better next time. But notice your strengths and the things you're good at as well.
- Think - what do your friends and loved ones like about you? Ask them if you have to! Try to reinforce those qualities and be even better at those things.
- Never compare yourself with others. Everybody is different and you have good qualities that no other person has.
- Don't put yourself down; nobody's perfect.
- Accept that it's normal to make mistakes. If you make one, take responsibility for it, apologise, and try to put it right.
- Having friends who are positive about life's challenges can influence you into seeing life in the same light, and eventually help to build your self-esteem.
Debbie Waller is a professional hypnotherapist, specialising in stress, anxiety and related issues. She also offers EMDR which is used for trauma, PTSD, phobias and OCD and publishes hypnotherapy-for-ibs.co.uk for those interested in using hypnotherapy to relieve the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.
Debbie owns a multi-accredited hypnotherapy school, Yorkshire Hypnotherapy Training and offers further training for qualified therapists via CPD Expert. She is the author of Their Worlds, Your Words and The Hypnotherapist's Companion, editor and contributor to the online magazine Hypnotherapy Training & Practitioner, and co-author of The Hypnotherapy Handbook.
For more information on any of these services, phone 01977 678593.
Researcher & drafter: Rachel Waller.