Improve Your Self-Esteem

Things You Can Do Right Away—Every Day—to Raise Your Self-esteem

Pay attention to your own needs and wants. Listen to what your body, your mind, and your heart are telling you. For instance, if your body is telling you that you have been sitting down too long, stand up and stretch.

Take very good care of yourself. As you were growing up you may not have learned how to take good care of yourself. Treat yourself as a wonderful parent would treat a small child or as one very best friend might treat another. If you work at taking good care of yourself, you will find that you feel better about yourself.

Eat healthy foods and avoid junk foods (foods containing a lot of sugar, salt, or fat). A healthy daily diet is usually: five or six servings of vegetables and fruit, six servings of whole grain foods like bread, pasta, cereal, and rice, two servings of protein foods like beef, chicken, fish, cheese or yogurt

Exercise helps you to feel better and improves your self-esteem. You can do many different things as walk, run, ride a bicycle, play a sport or play the radio and dance. If you have a health problem that may restrict your ability to exercise, check with your doctor.

Take time to do things you enjoy. Make a list of things you enjoy doing. Then do something from that list every day. Add to the list anything new that you discover you enjoy doing.

Get something done that you have been putting off.  Clean out that drawer. Wash that window. Write that letter. Pay that bill.

Do things that make use of your own talents and abilities. For instance, if you are good with your hands, then make things for yourself, family, and friends.

Dress in clothes that make you feel good about yourself. If you have little money to spend on new clothes, check out thrift stores in your area.

Give yourself rewards—you are a great person. Listen to a CD or tape.

Spend time with people who make you feel good about yourself—people who treat you well. Avoid people who treat you badly.

Make your home a place that honors the person you are. Whether you live in a single room, a small apartment, or a large home, make that space comfortable and attractive for you.

Display items that you find attractive or that remind you of your achievements or of special times or people in your life.

Make your meals a special time. Turn off the television, radio, and stereo. Set the table, even if you are eating alone. Light a candle or put some flowers or an attractive object in the center of the table.

Take advantage of opportunities to learn something new or improve your skills. Take a class or go to a seminar.

Begin doing those things that you know will make you feel better about yourself—like going on a diet, beginning an exercise program or keeping your living space clean.

Do something nice for another person. Smile at someone. Say a few kind words to the check-out cashier. Help your friend. Volunteer for a worthy organization.

Make it a point to treat yourself well every day. Before you go to bed each night, write about how you treated yourself well during the day.