4 Tips To Building Self Esteem

Hani A Al-Qasem
Mar 20 · 6 min read

You may be familiar with the value of increasing your feelings of self esteem. When your self esteem is higher, you won’t only feel better about yourself, you will become more resilient, stronger, tougher, too.

When your self esteem is higher, you will, more than likely, experience rejection and failure as less painful, and you’ll bounce back from them fast. When your self esteem is higher, you will also be less susceptible to anxiety, angst, nervousness and worry.

As great as it is to have high self esteem it may not be that easy to improve on it; that is because your self esteem is somewhat unsteady. It, unfortunately, very often wavers from one day to the next.

Having said that, is building self esteem in the long term possible?

Below are four top building self esteem tips that would immensely benefit you when you make them habitual:

  1. Self love affirmations

2. Incite self compassion

As you grow, learn and nurture your self esteem, it is best you practice compassion, gentleness and patience with yourself. You do not need an outside opinion of who you are to prove your worth. If you notice yourself sliding into a negative mindset about your self esteem, incite self compassion.

An easy way to do that is to meditate, listen to a positive life-transforming hypnosis audio, repeat self love affirmations, close your eyes and imagine you are the person with the high self esteem that you desire to become. Talk to yourself in compassionate, loving ways.

3. Exercise your way to building self esteem

You are aware, I’m sure, that exercise is great way to lose weight and get fit, but did you know that exercise can also make you happier, help you handle stress better, reduce anxiety and raise your self esteem?

When you exercise, your pituitary gland releases endorphins, the hormones that make you feel good. Research has been done on the effectiveness of endorphins, and the results show that endorphins are just as effective as anti depressants when it comes to making you feel good.

Think about it for a moment: after a good workout, whether it’s in a gym or out jogging, how do you feel? Are you happier? Do you feel good? Do you feel less stressed? Hours later, do you find that you sleep better and deeper? And the great thing is when you feel happier, when you feel good and less stressed your level of self esteem increases.

Exercise can dramatically affect your attitude in a positive way. Studies have shown that by jogging, brisk-walking or even gardening outside you can change your attitude, even if you performed such an activity for five to ten minutes.

Many of us are aware of the numerous benefits we gain from exercising, yet few take action in the long-term and stick to an exercise routine. The simplest way to get started is to find an exercise that you enjoy or may enjoy doing. For example, try brisk walking in a park, one that is full of exciting plants and flowers, lakes and ducks, or running on a treadmill looking out of the window onto a panoramic view of a luscious landscape, perhaps cycling on a path leading to a relaxing picnic area or a nursery, or join an exercise class like yoga or pilates and meet people along the way.

Experiment and find out what exercise routine excites you. Once you identify the exercise that you can see yourself sticking to for a few weeks, or even longer, decide how many times a week you will perform the routine. Remember, you can start slowly and for short periods of time and gradually build on them.

You can start with, say, slow jogging for three minutes at a time two days a week. The following week increase that two minutes to three minutes. Continue this way until you reach forty minutes to one hour. Then you can, if you want to, exercise for four days a week then maybe five.

The important thing to remember is, as a beginner, start an exercise routine and build on it gradually. The big mistake some people do is they try to do too much too quickly and end up quitting not long after they started. This can give them the, “I’m a failure” feeling and that can lower their self esteem; making them feel bad about themselves.

Do your best to fit exercise in your life. Feel better, look better, feel happier, have a higher self esteem and a great attitude about life and yourself, and that’s just for starters. Try it out and see and feel the benefits for yourself.

4. Accept compliments

When you have low self esteem, more than likely you become all that more resistant to compliments from other people (and from yourself!). Building self esteem in the moment can be easy when you set yourself the goal to endure compliments when you receive them; even if they make you awkward, and make you feel uneasy.

The most effective way to elude the impulsive reactions of slugging away compliments is for you to prepare a handful of simple set responses, and where you train yourself to use them spontaneously whenever you receive any compliments. For example, you may respond by saying, “Thank you” or “That’s very kind of you to say” or something similar.

After a while, the compulsion or inclination to repudiate compliments will dwindle; a pleasant sign that your self esteem is getting stronger.

There you have four easy-to-implement building self esteem tips that you can incorporate in your daily life. Your next step is to make a note of these specifics and get to work on work on increasing your self esteem.

How long should you spend per day on these exercises? As long as you feel comfortable in doing them. Perhaps you can start with a few minutes in the morning before hopping out of bed by imagining yourself, for, say five minutes, accepting compliments, or exercising, or perhaps you can repeat you self love affirmations as a mantra.

You decide what works best for you and stick to it. You may tweak it along the way to perfect it, but don’t stop. Do that for a while and you will undoubtedly notice a great difference in you within a short while. You will notice your self esteem gradually increasing; if you don’t, trust me, others will bring that to your attention — they will see the improvement in you that you cannot see or feel.

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Hani A Al-Qasem

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I write about weight loss hypnosis and meditation for quick weight loss transformation, weight loss help, inspirational ideas, self help, and motivation tips.