The following are things that adults can do every day to help raise their self esteem. After all, everyone goes through phases in their life where events and circumstances knock your self confidence. So keeping these tips in mind for those moments can assist in you not entering into a downward spiral to something more serious than a minor lack of self esteem.
Keep a food diary
Sounds a bit daft? Actually, keeping off the junk food, sugary, and fatty foods can do wonders for how you feel about life. The thing about such foods is that they provide your brain and body with a rush of sugar (the so called ‘sugar high), and then drop you off a cliff the other side.
Known as ‘sugar spiking’ this is a rollercoaster way to live and one that’s not only harmful to your physical health, but your mental health as well.
Keeping a food diary will help you discover quite how good (or not) your diet really is. Seeing it written down in black and white can be a real incentive to keeping your diet in track – and you can also see if your food intake has any correlation with your moods.
Make meal times special
Following on in the foodie vein, ensure that you make meal times a special time. Even if you’re eating alone, set the table – maybe put a decorative object or some flowers on the table, and arrange your food on the plate in an attractive way (don’t simply eat it out of the packet).
If you’re eating with others, talk about pleasant things – not those that are difficult to discuss. Food should be one of the pleasures in life, not an occasion that you associate with awkward discussions.
OK, so we’re not talking dress up to visit the theater when you’re simply going to the grocery store. But what we are saying is to dress in clothes that make you feel good about yourself. And, it goes without saying, those that are freshly laundered.
After all, if you dress down (whatever your state of mind), you tend to feel in a lower mood. And if you’ve got those clothes in your closet, then they deserve to be used!
Do something nice
Not for you, but for someone else! And it doesn’t necessarily need to be a big thing. You can simply smile at someone who looks sad, send a card to a friend you haven’t spoken to in a while, chat with the cashier at the checkout, or volunteer to do something worthwhile.
Treat yourself daily…
… and make a point of thinking about it and writing it down at the end of each day. Now, these treats don’t have to be big things (although once in a while, why not?). It could be simply giving yourself half an hour to try out a new hair style, or sorting out your fishing tackle box, or painting your nails, or spending a few precious minutes petting next door’s cat…
You get the picture – it’s just allowing yourself to take a few minutes out of your day to do something that makes you feel good. And hey, who doesn’t want to do something on a daily basis that they enjoy…?
Do something you’ve been putting off
Getting a job done that’s been hanging over you might be difficult to get started, but it really does make you feel good once completed. So if you’ve been planning to sort out the garage, or put your CDs in order, or write that letter, or wash that window – then do it! You’ll be amazed at how much it can lift your day.
Do some exercise on a regular basis
The thing is, if you’re not a regular exerciser then not only does it have a negative aspect on your physical health, but it also effects the way you feel too. Now, to the non-exerciser, you’re probably going to shudder at the thought of going down the gym, or joining a class, or going for a run, or whatever…
So, the trick here is to encorporate exercise into your regual day to day life. Why not jig around to music as you do the vaccuming. Get off the bus a stop earlier and walk the last stretch to work. Don’t take the elevator, take the stairs. And if you already do that, then don’t walk up them – run! Mow the lawn. Offer to walk a friend’s dog. Dance with the kids…
You see, exercise doesn’t have to be structured, it really can be part and parcel of life. And for an extra incentive, get a fitness tracker to show you how much (or little) time you spend each day moving around.
Exercise is one of the easiest ways to help boost your self esteem. And the great thing about it is that it’s free, and so easy to do.