Self-esteem that ebbs and flows is part of being human. Even the most confident seeming girls question if they’re useless twerps sometimes (trust us on this). It’s important to acknowledge though that those negative thoughts are just annoying ‘thoughts’ – not the reality.
Repeat after us: “I am not a useless twerp”.
7th April is World Health Day, and this year’s global aim is to get people talking openly about depression. More than 300 million people live with it worldwide and the numbers are rising. Mental health problems can affect anyone and at worst, can lead to suicide. Depression can be treated effectively though if the right help is sought.
Looking after your mental wellbeing is just as important as going to the gym or eating the right food.
Mind, the charity that provide advice and support to anyone experiencing a mental health problem, say that, “having low self-esteem isn't a mental health problem in itself, but the two are closely linked. If lots of things are affecting your self-esteem for a long time, this may lead to a mental health problem, such as depression or anxiety.”
So if you think your mood needs a lift this weekend, try putting these 5 self-esteem boosters into action...
1. Switch off your inner bitch
You know who she is. That nasty girl living in your head who tells you you’re fat/ugly/pointless and more. We’ve all got a variation of her, but the key is to silence the witch as soon as she pipes up. The truth she does not speak.
2. Go offline
Sure, it’s addictive to see how fabulous everybody’s life is looking in those digital squares, but really it’s blah, blah, blah. All you gain from excessive social scrolling is a numb index finger and a numb mind. Give yourself a social media detox one day a week and connect with people IRL or spend some time outdoors. The FOMO disappears real fast.
3. Write a gratitude list
This is a trick favoured by everyone who feels good about themselves. Each night, before you sleep, write down three things you feel grateful for. If you’re struggling “my lush bed” is a start. The point is to end the day on a positive note.
4. Cull your toxic friends
Toxic friends are like vampires, they suck the life out of you and give nothing back. Harsh? Maybe, but if some friends are always giving off negative vibes and bringing you down, it’s time to leave them in the past and surround yourself with a more positive set of pals.
5. Step outside your comfort zone
There’s nothing more exhilarating than trying something new, especially if it scares the absolute crap out of you. So go climb a boulder wall or apply for the job you’re convinced you won't get. No matter how small your achievements, pushing out of your comfort zone can make your confidence soar.
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