How to improve your self-esteem

Studies have shown that social anxiety and low self-esteem go hand in hand

Clinical psychologist Nada Asceric recommends watching out for negative thoughts as the first step.

“People with low self-esteem readily accept criticism by others, but find it difficult to accept praise,” she says. “Correcting this imbalance is an important step in being able to see ourselves in a more realistic light.”

Learn to challenge your assumptions about yourself and others. Do you really know what others think of you? Are your imagined worst-case scenarios really all that likely to eventuate? Would the consequences really be terrible? Chances are, the answers aren’t as bad as you fear. When you catch yourself making negative assumptions, replace them with more realistic expectations.

Here are some quick tips to boost your self-esteem:

1. Discover your strengths

Recognise that while you may have your klutzy, awkward moments, you also have a range of unique talents. Learn to smile at and appreciate both.

2. Find what you love

Brainstorm sports and hobbies you enjoy, areas of expertise, and your best personality traits, such as being a good listener or loyal friend.

3. Write down these talents

Keep the list in your phone or wallet or hang it in your closet to greet you every morning.

4. Indulge as often as possible!

Add to your list and indulge in your favourite activities as often as possible.

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