Positive Self-Esteem Tips

-Spend some time getting to know yourself.  Of course reflect, but more so - go out into the world and take part in YOUR life!

-Take action!  Even small steps count.  Have goals, take a breath and move toward them.

-Take some risks!  Try something new.  Don't be afraid to jump.

-Stand up for yourself.  If you don't voice what you need and want it will make you feel worse.  Be assertive.

-Set personal goals.  Decide where you want to go and make a plan to get there.

-Learn from - but let go of - mistakes.  Everyone makes them; it's part of being human. If you don't stumble, you don't learn.

-Do things on your own.  Don't rely on others to make you feel good.  Have a healthy relationship with yourself.

-Don't compare yourself to others.  Judge yourself by your own standards, because you are unique.

-Associate with people who affirm who you are.  Take a good look at who you surround yourself with and how they affect your self-esteem.

-Practice positive affirmations.  Put some on your bathroom mirror and repeat them to yourself daily.  Switch them out frequently.

-Find things you enjoy doing.  Doing things for pleasure and challenge builds our sense of who we are.

-Use visualization techniques.  Conjure feelings of success and joy while visualizing something you want to achieve. 

-Enhance your ability to cope with stress.  Develop ways to destress and practice them often.

-Shun perfectionism.  There is no such thing as perfect!  Forget the word even exists.

-Make a list of your accomplishments.  Include anything that makes you feel good about yourself.

-Live in the moment.  The past is gone, the future isn't even here yet - enjoy NOW.

-Do things for others.  Give your time, your company while honoring your boundaries - it makes you feel good.

-Take care of yourself physically.  Eat well, drink water, exercise.  Treat your body like the GIFT it is!  (and do yoga! ha!)