Ways To Boost Your Self Esteem

by Mary on January 29, 2013

I wrote this post for myself several months ago. I look at it every once in a while as a reminder of what to do. I made it to work today but I’m feeling very blah/iffy so I pulled out the list again and decided to share it. Enjoy.

ways to boost your self esteem

Every month I struggle through feeling blue. It usually comes with anxiety and low self-esteem that is just so hard to shake. Usually it’s just for a couple days, though I’ve gone through longer periods in my life that were very depressing.

Though I’m in the process of finding medication and other ways to help with this I also try my best to beat away the low self-esteem on my own.

After I decide to pick myself back up when feeling low, I usually go to a list of things I KNOW will make me feel better about myself. It’s helpful to have a list of go-to things I can do to raise my self-esteem to feeling great again.

Here’s the list I made for myself, I hope it helps you!  

Ways To Boost Your Self Esteem

  1. Write a list of things you like about yourself.
  2. Write a letter to someone you love encouraging them.
  3. Do something awesome for someone else.
  4. Go for a 30 minute walk. Fresh air, sun, and exercise helps.
  5. Hit the gym for a hard workout. Endorphins!
  6. Smile. Smile at yourself in the mirror. 
  7. Treat yourself to something special like a new book or movie.
  8. Spend time with a positive, happy person. It rubs off. Really.
  9. Do the thing you know how to do the best. 
  10. Work through the troubling thoughts to reach a more positive place. (Get help if needed.)

Low self esteem is a bummer! It’s something I’ve dealt with on and off for my whole life and probably will continue to deal with forever just because of the way my brain works. Though I wish it wasn’t an issue I’m choosing to deal with it in a positive way and not make it become a bigger deal than it needs to be.

Feel free to add additions or share what you do to raise self-esteem in the comments (simple or complex). I could always use more suggestions. :)


1 Jack Sh*t January 29, 2013 at 11:11 am

I started a list of what I like about myself but I ran out of paper…

2 Jody - Fit at 55 January 29, 2013 at 7:47 pm

We all need this Mary – thx!

3 Shannon January 30, 2013 at 12:47 am

Great suggestions Mary. It is a hard thing to deal with. Something to add to your list always try to believe you are worth it and really know you are beautiful.

4 Rylie Ellen January 30, 2013 at 2:39 am

Thanks for sharing this, I’ve always struggled with self-esteem and how to help myself out of that cycle. I’m going to give these a try.

5 MIz January 30, 2013 at 6:41 am

and with no friends here yet I call call call a friend.

6 C K January 31, 2013 at 11:43 am

I try to make a list of what I’m thankful for…things and people. It helps me focus on the positive.

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