list end10 tips for improving your self-esteemIn a nutshell, self-esteem is your opinion of yourself and your abilities. It can be high, low or somewhere in-between. While everyone occasionally hasdoubts about themselves, low self-esteem can leave you feeling insecure and unmotivated. You might be able to identify a few things that are affectingyour opinion of yourself (maybe you’re being bullied, or you might be feeling lonely), or it could be a mystery. Either way, if you are wondering how toimprove your self-esteem, here are some of our top tips.

  1. Be nice to yourself
    That little voice that tells you you’re killin’ it (or not) is way more powerful than you might think. Make an effort to be kind to yourself and, if you
    do slip up, try to challenge any negative thoughts. A good rule of thumb is to speak to yourself in the same way that you’d speak to your mates. This can
    be really hard at first, but practise makes perfect. If you want a few pointers, check out our
    tips for talking yourself up.
    Try: Writing down three things that you like about yourself.
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     2. You do you
    Comparing yourself to other people is a sure-fire way to start feeling crummy. Try to focus on your own goals and achievements, rather than measuring them
    against someone else’s. Nobody needs that kind of pressure!
  2. Get movin’
    Exercise
    is a great way to increase motivation, practise setting goals and build confidence. Breaking a sweat also cues the body to release endorphins, the feel-good
    hormones.
  3. Nobody’s perfect
    Always strive to be the best version of yourself, but it’s also important to accept that perfection is an unrealistic goal.
  4. Remember that everyone makes mistakes
    You’ve got to make mistakes in order to learn and grow, so try not to beat yourself up if you forget to hit CTRL+S on a super-important assignment. Everyone’s
    been there.
  5. Focus on what you can change
    It’s easy to get hung up on all the things that are out of your control, but it won’t achieve much. Instead, try to focus your energy on identifying the
    things that are within your control and seeing what you can do about them. Read more about
    how you can accept things that are out of your control.
    Try: Writing down one thing that you’re not happy with, and three ways you could change it.
  6. Do what makes you happy
    If you spend time doing the things you enjoy, you’re more likely to think positively. Try to schedule in a little you-time every day. Whether that’s time
    spent reading, cooking or just conking out on the couch for a bit, if it makes you happy, make time for it.
  7. Celebrate the small stuff
    You got up on time this morning. Tick. You poached your eggs to perfection. Winning. Celebrating the small victories is a great way to build confidence
    and start feeling better about yourself.
    Try: Writing down three things you did well at the end of each day.
  8. Be a pal
    Being helpful and considerate to other people will certainly boost their mood, but it’ll also make you feel pretty good about yourself
  9. Surround yourself with a supportive squad
    Find people
    who make you feel good about yourself and avoid those who tend to trigger your negative thinking.
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