If your self esteem is
less than average, it is important to find ways to improve it.
Many times we
have low self esteem because we feel that our personalities are not strong
enough for people to accept us. And instead of finding ways to solve our low
self esteem, we over compensate and end up feeling inferior to everyone around
If you are serious about improving the way you view yourself, these self
esteem exercises will help you to feel like the quality person that you are.
Really root for someone else.
This is sometimes one of the most difficult
self esteem exercises because it seems like it will actually lower your self
esteem as opposed to improving it.
However, many times when you take the
attention off of yourself, and you focus on making someone else feel important,
it can greatly improve your self esteem.
Allow yourself to fail.
of those who have low self esteem are actually perfectionists in disguise. Does
the thought of failing make your throat tighten and your heart race?
always trying to be perfect without admitting you're a perfectionist, just fail.
This is not to say that you should give up on life, quit your job and spend the
rest of your days eating ice cream on the couch.
However, this is definitely one
of the more crucial self esteem exercises because if you can let go and stop
trying to be perfect, you know that you're on the road to conquering insecurity.
Don't always crave the spotlight.
Always wanting to be the center of
attention is dangerous because when the spotlight is on you, your flaws are
If you always find yourself competing with someone to be the focus,
then these self esteem exercises are exactly what you need. In preschool, one of
the first things you learn is the art of sharing, so learn to share the
The next time you are in a group of people, allow others to be the
center of attention. Chances are you won't feel that you're under so much
pressure to make everyone happy, and people will be drawn to your new attitude.
Write down things you are thankful for.
If you are caught up feeling
sorry for yourself and thinking that your life is horrible, then it is time for
you to learn to be thankful.
If you think you don't have anything to be thankful
for, then you are in desperate need of a reality check. It is ok if you have to
start out slowly, but try to write down one thing a day that you are thankful
for. You will be surprised how quickly you accumulate a sizable list. The next
time you are feeling self pity, just refer to your list and think about all
you're thankful for.
Keep a negative thoughts journal.
Now that you're
realized you have a lot of things for which to be thankful, you have to push
aside your negative thoughts.
Most people are bombarded with negative thoughts
on a daily basis; however, not everyone handles these thoughts in the same way.
It is common to want to listen to those thoughts and live your life according to
what they say, however, you cannot be a prisoner to your thoughts.
Buy a small
notebook, and every time you hear those thoughts, write them down. It is
important that you don't dwell on them, instead you can come up with
affirmations that are opposite of your negative thought patterns. You have to do
what you need to do to stay positive. Some people find it helpful to post notes
around their house, or set reminders on their phones to remind them to keep a
positive attitude during the day.
Do you ever find
yourself showcasing the weaknesses of others? Just because you feel threatened
by someone, that doesn't mean you should prey on them and try to give them a
People who are secure in themselves don't have to turn others against
the people who threaten their self esteem. Instead of attacking others, and
trying to win more friends by gossiping about the shortcomings of other people,
you should stop and think if you'd want people to treat you like that. Remember
that you don't have to be mean just so people will like you.
In fact, people
will respect you more when they realize that you aren't going to gossip about
them when they're not around.
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