Essentially, self-esteem is your personal opinion and feelings about yourself. So technically, we are in control of it. However the importance of self-esteem is that it affects almost every single thing we do physically, and everything we think about psychologically.

Tips to Improve Self-Esteem

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It is very unhealthy to be at one extreme of the spectrum. Fortunately for us, we can control our own perception of ourselves and boost our own self-esteem when we choose to. Though it isn’t easy, there are ways.

So let’s go through 4 ways that can help you improve your self-esteem.

1. A Healthy Body = A Healthy Mind

One of the main causes of low self-esteem is unsatisfaction with your appearance. In today’s society, there is a misconception that earning social acceptance is the merit to a happy life. This can be from showing people how capable or talented you are.

But most often, the case is we want to be accepted by looking physically good. While putting yourself in this train of thought and applying this conception isn’t good for you, a healthy lifestyle can certainly help to alleviate this.

Exercise and healthy dieting will help to not only boost your mood but give you more energy. This all helps via serotonin that is produced by your body as a result of a healthier lifestyle.

2. Perfect Doesn’t Exist

Overthinking and fear are common symptoms of those with low self-esteem. The personal expectation we put on ourselves is a leading factor of low self-esteem.

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In order to be accepted, we take every suggestion, every comment, and all the feelings that people have towards us will encourage us. We set a perfect standard that is unrealistic and unattainable for the satisfaction of others.

This affects our behavior, changes our lifestyle and will ultimately burn you out. Try to be realistic with yourself and accept that it’s ok to be disliked or be different. Social and personal acceptance is important, but trying to be perfect is a step in the wrong direction.

3. Embrace What You’re Good At

Celebrating little wins in your life will help to improve the perception of your own abilities, talents, and achievements. This will put you in a positive frame of mind while also being able to go through the moments that hurt your self-esteem.

4. Have a Support Network

Everybody needs friends. Having a group of people who you can openly communicate your feelings, emotions, and experiences with will help you to release the stress, tension, and dissatisfaction you may feel towards yourself or your environment.

How Self-Esteem Affect Our Health?

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This is the main reason why self-esteem is extremely important to personal health. Having low self-esteem means that you lack confidence or feel socially inadequate.

When you develop low self-esteem, this may make you feel depressed, lonely, tired. The low confidence associated can also lead to social isolation, poor diet and exercise habits and can even lead to substance abuse.

High self-esteem can lead to opposite effects such as boosted confidence, greater social acceptance, and personal satisfaction. However, high self-esteem can also result in arrogance and boosted ego.

Always keep in mind that self-esteem is essentially your own perception of yourself. Having a point of view from someone you can trust and can be honest with you will help to open your mind to other perspectives and realize you shouldn’t put so much pressure on yourself. There are people who like you and you are worthy of higher self-esteem.

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