Confidence

How To Improve Self-Esteem

We’ve all been through periods of low confidence and self-doubt. But when this feeling becomes persistent, it may indicate that you’re suffering from low self-esteem. This, in turn, can impact our mental health and overall quality of life. So let’s dig deeper into how it’s formed and techniques to improve it.

What is self-esteem?

Self-esteem is essentially the opinion that we hold of ourselves. When it’s high, we carry a positive perception of ourselves. When it’s low, we can be critical and overly judgemental of our day-to-day actions. It can make battling our eczema more complex and may even seep into other aspects of our lives, including work and relationships.

Self-esteem is often a product of how we speak about ourselves in our minds. But it can be further influenced by how friends and family talk about us.

For example, you may make critical statements about your appearance in the morning. This can then be made worse by friends or family, further reinforcing these negative judgements. Over time, we may start to believe this common to be accurate, which allows this negative thought to seep into our minds - affecting our self-esteem.

How to boost your self-esteem.

The most important way to boost your self-esteem is by becoming aware of your negative thoughts and challenging them whenever they occur. Here’s a process that you can use to achieve this:

  1. The first step is to identify these negative beliefs. Only then can we go ahead and challenge them. Begin by listing all of these negative judgements that you have of yourself. This reminds you of the negative thoughts you need to catch.
  2. The next time you hear yourself making one of these comments, go ahead and challenge it by asking yourself whether the statement that you’ve made is actually true.
  3. The final step in this process would be to flip this statement on its head and state the opposite.

For instance, if your negative thought was that you always appear tired. Begin by asking yourself if this statement is actually true. Perhaps you aren't tired most of the time, but this might be the one occasion when you are.

Once you’ve reflected on this, you can take it further by saying the opposite. For example, you might begin saying, "I look radiant and energetic", whenever this negative thought appears.

You can then turn this into an affirmation by repeating this positive statement every morning. Doing this activity is a great way to note and correct your negative thoughts. Over time, this will help to significantly boost your self-perception.

Other ways to improve self-esteem

Here are some other techniques that you can use to ease your inner critic:

  1. Regularly recall what you’re good at. We’re all experts at something, whether it’s cooking, singing or dancing. It’s important to remind yourself of this regularly.
  2. Build beneficial relationships. You’re a product of the people around you, and critical thoughts are reinforced by those close to us. So, if you find that friends or family are harming your self-esteem, it's important to challenge their statements.
  3. Show yourself appreciation. Don’t forget to praise yourself frequently; it’s been shown to boost the happy chemicals in the brain and assist in forging a more resilient mindset.

Conclusion

Regularly working on your self-esteem is essential in conquering your eczema. Our self-image is heavily linked to our happiness and mood, so frequently using these techniques is highly encouraged as you continue your journey.

August 1, 2022
by 
Dr Noreen Akram
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