In honor of February’s International boost your self-esteem month, let’s look at a few ways to focus on you for a change. During the winter months that come after the holidays, many people find themselves in a slump. After the excitement of parties, presents and time off work, it can be hard to get back into the daily grind of life.
Here are five things you can do right now to boost your self-esteem and start feeling great today:
Give yourself a break. Sometimes, in an effort to be ambitious and stay motivated, we can have unrealistic expectations of ourselves. We stress ourselves out, wears ourselves thin and in the end feel bad about ourselves for not accomplishing a goal that perhaps was unattainable to begin with. Give yourself a break. Give yourself some more time.
Set a new goal every week. Baby steps are beautiful. You know those huge, unrealistic goals we talked about? They become totally attainable when broken down into smaller steps. The journey is so much more fulfilling and enjoyable when you feel accomplished along the way instead of defeated or intimidated by such a big task. Even if the goal is something as simple as ‘this week I’m going to make my bed every morning when I wake up.’ This works best when you have a visual reminder, and a cute chalkboard or dry erase board is a perfect solution to keep you on track.
Smile more. Smiling makes people happy. Yes, you smile when you’re happy but did you know you can also smile in order to feel happy? Even if you have to plaster a fake smile on your face, research has shown that it will still lower your stress levels and improve your mood. And who knows, if you keep doing it, eventually it may not have to be forced.
Dr. Ken Collins, DDS, leading Spokane area cosmetic dentist says,
“The first step to smiling more is being confident about your smile. Many adults feel like if they didn’t get their teeth fixed as a teen, there’s no hope for them. Thankfully, that’s just not true. In fact, the number of adults with braces has more than doubled since the 90s, and the numbers continue to rise. Traditional metal braces aren’t the only option, either. Many patients are choosing to discreetly straighten their teeth with clear aligners that are a favorite because they are removable, as well.”
Explore something you’re passionate about. Often we get so busy with our day-to-day life that we put our own hobbies to the side. Pursuing things that interest us, whether they involve creative pastimes or even volunteering, can be a great outlet and confidence boost. We all need something in our lives that allows us to explore our abilities and bring us joy.
Clean up your friends list. The average person spends about two hours a day on social media, predominately on their mobile devices. Scrolling through our news feeds can brighten our day, but it can also cause a lot of negativity in our lives. Take a day to go through your social media friends list and don’t be afraid to click unfriend. It doesn’t mean you can’t be their friend in real life. If that person is not bringing anything positive to your daily newsfeed browsing, don’t feel guilty for removing them from it. You can also just choose to unfollow them without unfriending them now. Which can really help with those family members that may be prone to start a riot if you unfriend them.
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