February is International Boost Self-Esteem Month. It’s common to struggle with self-esteem at some point in our lives. However, turning our thoughts around and thinking positively about ourselves has significant benefits. This month, join us in boosting self-esteem by following these tips.
- Avoid negative self-talk. When you spend your days thinking about everything you have done wrong or everything you have failed to do, those thoughts become a part of your internal narrative. They influence your level of self-esteem and the more it continues, the worse you feel. When you catch yourself mulling over every flaw, pause, recognize what you’re doing, and work to let it go. Reframe your internal conversation by thinking about a strength.
- Stop comparing yourself to others. Former President Theodore Roosevelt said, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” The achievements of someone else don’t take away from your own. Instead of letting comparison make you feel bad about yourself, take a step back and reflect on how far you have come.
- Exercise. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins. These chemicals trigger a positive feeling. Something as simple as taking a short walk each day can improve your mood.
- Celebrate your strengths. Take a few minutes each day to think about something you did that you liked. This can be anything from a joke you told to friends, to a meal you helped provide for loved ones, or a skill that helped a client or colleague. Not only will this improve your current mood, but looking back on your thoughts can help improve your self-esteem in the long run.