Be Kinder to Yourself: How to Build Self-Esteem and Confidence

by Joseph

Did you know that low self-esteem can affect every area of your life? It’s linked to health, productivity, and relationships. If you’ve never stopped to do a self-esteem check, now is a perfect time.  

Silence the voice in your head that says you aren’t perfect. Stop focusing on the negative things in your life, and invite real change in. In a nutshell: learn how to be kinder to yourself, and get confident in the process! 

Here Are Some Ways to Be Kinder to Yourself: 

Are you ready to stop being so hard on yourself? Read on for some suggestions on how to do that here. 

Stop Trying to Be Perfect 

Repeat to yourself: Perfection is a myth. Sure, with models, actresses, and influencers showcasing their seemingly perfect lives on social media 24/7, it’s easy to imagine that they have picture-perfect lives. But those curated photos don’t show the messiness of real life.  

Every time you start to make a comparison, remind yourself that a picture doesn’t tell the whole story. Perfection is an unattainable goal, and frankly, is pretty boring. Reality= Imperfection (and is usually a whole lot more fun!). 

Don’t Force Yourself to Be Positive 

Ever heard of toxic positivity? It’s a thing. Lately, a lot of people believe they have to stay positive all the time.  

While a little gratitude goes a long way, you don’t always have to be #blessed and #grateful. Allow yourself to feel the whole spectrum of emotions, and have off-moments. Feel the feelings, and then move on.   

Be Kinder to Yourself 

One of the easiest ways to do that is with self-care. It’s a fallacy that you have to be productive all the time. Sometimes the best thing to work on is not work or chores, but yourself.  

And how can you do that? Find the things that make you feel restored, and do them. Whether it’s going for a walk, sitting in the park to read a book, or even just taking the time to have a long bath, find what is best for you.  

Seek Support 

Some people are afraid or reluctant to ask for help, but it’s important to learn how. Make sure you are surrounded by supportive friends who care about you and have your best interests at heart. And know when to reach out to get professional support, too, if that’s what you need.  

Cultivate Confidence 

Are you envious of people who project confidence? Guess what–it’s not a gift, it’s a mindset. And it’s one that you can learn.  

Start by making a list of all the things that you like about yourself. Recognizing your unique strengths can help you build confidence in yourself. It’s important to create a daily confidence practice to improve self-esteem.   

Ready to Be More Confident and Build Self-Esteem? 

It’s often easier to be critical of yourself, and focus on the flaws. While it can be a challenge, it’s important to be kinder to yourself. By building confidence, practicing self-care, and working on your self-esteem, you could change your life for the better. 

Don’t be afraid to start the best work you’ll ever do…on yourself!   

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