Recognising Healthy Self-Esteem Behaviours - dummies

Recognising Healthy Self-Esteem Behaviours

By Rhena Branch, Rob Willson

Part of Boosting Self-Esteem For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

Recognising when you’re on the right path sets your feet more firmly on the journey you want to take towards healthy self-esteem. Use these tips to acknowledge and appreciate your progress:

  • Spend time in the company of other people who you like and who treat you well. Make time in your schedule to meet up regularly with friends. Even if you’re not feeling great, being around other people can distract you from negative thoughts and help lift your mood.

  • Have a good belly chuckle. Don’t let low self-esteem make you into a serious wet blanket. Look for the funny side of things and laugh at yourself from time to time as well.

  • Get involved in activities that you find vitally absorbing.

  • Find out how to like your looks. Give poor body image the boot by accepting yourself just as you are and putting physical attractiveness into context.

  • Take good care of yourself. Eat well, take regular exercise and get plenty of sleep. Make time for your hobbies and interests. Make your home a pleasant place to be in by decorating it with objects you like and keeping on top of chores.

  • Practise appreciation and gratitude for the small things in life. Pay close attention to the everyday little things that are easily ignored or taken for granted.

  • Set yourself realistic goals and go for them with gusto.

  • Be accepting of others. Allow other people to be human and make mistakes. Be prepared to accept apologies and forgive others for their indiscretions.

  • Stimulate your appetite for knowledge and experience. Stretch yourself by reading, studying and taking on new skills.

  • Live in the moment. Pause to sniff those roses. Take a break from speculating about the future and sifting over the past. Instead put the full weight of your attention into the here and now.