Updated: Jun 24, 2019
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Let's face it, we all have days where we feel less than perfect about ourselves. I know I do. Our hair just doesn't seem to fall right, our clothes are ill-fitting, we keep making mistakes, or something is just out of whack with your day. Although the occurrence of viewing ourselves in a less than ideal manner is natural, the feeling shouldn't linger all day.
Sadly, thousands of individuals, unfortunately, feel negative about themselves; albeit their appearance or current circumstance. This means your not alone if you feel this way.
In fact, Dr. Joe Rubino, the author of “The Self Esteem Book”, reported that over 85% of the world's population suffers from having a low self-esteem. Say what! 85%? WHOA!!!! This statistic leaves us with a world full of beautiful people who are unable to see their beauty for themselves.
Are we all doomed to live and die in an unhappy state? Surely, not! Fortunately, the battle of esteem can easily be won because humans are creatures of habit. Each of these habits contributes to our emotional state in one way or another. How can you overcome a pesky habit? By taking an action that is different from your prior actions.
Negative self-thinking is a learned habit that can be conquered by changing the way you think. With a few tips and tricks, you'll be able to heighten your opinion of yourself and live a life of purpose. Please keep in mind that these are practices and when forgotten about they do not work.
1) Repeat Daily Self-Affirmations
Self-affirmations are an excellent way to identify your strengths. In fact, a research study found that individuals who practiced positive thinking after receiving a serious diagnosis of an illness were able to process the information and develop positive coping strategies.
One excerpt reads, "Two recent sets of research findings suggest that positive beliefs and experiences increase attention to useful self-relevant negative information and thus may facilitate effective coping."
If positive self-thinking can assist with life-altering illnesses, surely it can help you to develop a positive self-image. At the very least, it's not going to hurt to try out this practice.
I like to pick affirmations that I have a hard time believing. For instance, “I AM good enough” is something I have written on a board and displayed in my living area as a visual reminder. I then say it out loud to myself, especially on days where I feel the complete opposite. I'm a recovering perfectionist and this is ongoing for me. The more I practice saying it out loud, the easier it becomes to believe what I am saying about myself. It sounds silly, but it works.
How do you practice self-affirmations?
It's simple, repeat to yourself reasons why you love yourself. Many like to stare in the mirror and list their positive qualities daily. You can even use a dry erase marker to write these affirmations on your mirror. Others find success with writing down five to ten of their favorable traits in a notebook or journaling about them.
The key here is to focus on what you appreciate about yourself or what your wanting to believe about yourself; not others. Once you've gotten into the habit of feeding your mind with the positive affirmation, you will find that the previous negative voice will begin to quell. Changing your thinking is crucial if you want to raise your self-esteem. You have to believe you are great in order to exude it. This is a fake it till you make it trick.
10 Examples of Affirmations
I AM beautiful.
I AM good enough.
I AM smart.
I AM a great friend to have.
I AM energetic and full of charisma.
I AM capable of achieving my goals.
I AM deserving of good things.
I AM strong enough to make it through anything.
I AM lovable.
I AM confident with all I say and do.
2) Practice Living Well
Living well isn't limited to engaging in exciting activities or making tons of cash. It's a deeper connection to your body, mind, and spirit. Balancing these three can really help induce feelings of joy and well being.
You gut and the foods you consume have a lot to do with how your moods fluctuate. New scientific research is denoting our gut as our second brain. When it is functioning at optimum levels then the rest of the bodies organs have better vitality. It also helps to regulate the happy chemicals such as serotonin and dopamine.
In fact, foods high in dairy and processed sugars are recipes for disaster if you're trying to think positively. They wreak havoc on your gut and alter your happy chemicals. Being mindful of what you put into your body can make you glow from the inside out! Aiming to eat raw or lightly cooked fruits and vegetable in a variety of colors daily will increase your overall health and boost the way you feel.
In addition to eating well, engaging in some sort of physical activity is beneficial to your overall health. It doesn't have to be anything hard or strenuous, it just has to be something. It can be a simple walk, dancing while you prep your healthy meal, playing fetch with your dog, light stretching, or anything else that gets you away from sitting down. Move your body any way you like and feels good to you. The point being to just move it!
Getting outside and basking in the sun will boost your serotonin and Vitamin D. Both are essential to your bodies