The Secret to Raising Your Self-Esteem

Life is what you make it, so the saying goes. Indeed, whatever you do with your life is your own choice and responsibility. However, because we live in a fast-paced and virtually connected world, it could be easy to lose track of what’s important in life. Knowing who you truly are and loving that person you see in the mirror despite your weaknesses or imperfections are things you owe to yourself.

People who are self-aware are happy (the happiest even) because they’re in touch with and in control of their personal character and emotions, which can be helpful in appreciating yourself more. At the end of the day, it’s not just about looking good to feel good, but more importantly, it’s about improving your overall outlook in life and doing more of the things that really matter.

Hopefully, this post can get you started on being that kind of person more.


1. Try new things.

Why fix something that ain’t broke? You shouldn’t be surprised if you meet someone with this mindset. Some people are plain unadventurous or non-risk takers, and that’s fine. However, there’s a lot of good you could gain from doing things in a wholly different way.

Perhaps you’ve been wanting to try sweating it out in the newest local fitness center in your gym clothes. But then, you remember you don’t know anyone there, so you back out and who knows, miss out on an opportunity to make a different set of gym buddies.

You could also be imagining sporting a shorter hairstyle but have been putting it off because you’re not sure how it’s going to turn out. Remember though that you won’t know the result unless you actually do what you had thought was unthinkable.


2. Value your own opinion.

You shouldn’t be afraid to speak your mind and let your opinion shape other’s perception of you. Expressing what you believe in is one of the ways that you could develop your sense of respect and confidence—both of which are crucial in your self-love goals.


3. Do what you’re good at, but don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone.

It’s understandable how some people would choose to remain in the comfort zone that they have built through their growing up or adulthood years since being in an unfamiliar situation could make one feel uncomfortable.

Here’s a thing though: Your comfort zone may be a barrier in your personal or professional growth. If you’re extremely good at doing something, then by all means, carry on. Just don’t forget to discover your other skills so that you could become a well-rounded individual or professional.


4. Don’t deprive yourself of the good things but know the limit.

We all have our guilty pleasures or indulgences. You might feel you’re having a bad day, and you decide your favorite chocolate bar, pastry, pasta dish, or cuppa is all you need to brighten things up.

Although it’s not really about having a drop dead gorgeous body, setting a limit for yourself and sticking to it helps you develop discipline. When you’re disciplined enough, you won’t easily give in to instant, temporary gratifications because you know you’re going to pay for it one way or another.


5. Remind yourself how your loved ones feel about you.

Affirmation from family and friends – count in your pets, too – can be a good morale booster, especially during times when you have doubts about your self-worth or capabilities.

These are people who know you from inside out or might have seen you blossom into the kind of person that you are, so there’s no reason you shouldn’t trust them with what they say or think about you.


6. Be one with your thoughts.

Negativity is everywhere these days – on social media, in politics, in the corporate world, on the streets, you name it. As hard as it is, don’t let any sadness or hatred get into you.

Walk away from all the drama and instead, think of happy thoughts, do good deeds, and be the best version of yourself.


Parting Words

Loving yourself involves taking small steps – paying attention to your overall health, growing in knowledge and skills, and taking hold of yourself. But the most important thing is that it should always start with you.

Just like what RuPaul would say, “If you don’t love yourself, how are you gonna love somebody else?”


With her love for fashion and eye for detail, Louise has managed to combine her role at Pocket with the other aspect of her life that keep her very busy. Louise loves fashion shows and she has worked on high profile campaigns for retail giants such as Cadbury’s, O2 Network, Sony Mobile and Magnum.

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