Transform Your Life, Transform Your Health!
Your emotional health is just as important as your physical health. Raising one's self-esteem sounds easier than it actually is. We all know that if we've suffered from low self-esteem for a long time, simply telling ourselves to feel better about ourselves, won't do it. We need what I call a "mental habit" change.
Sure maybe people from your past contributed to your poor image of yourself, yet believe it or not, you have choice.
It's time to RISE above it. Rise above what they have said about you, how they made you feel, influenced what you believe, persuaded your values and made you feel guilty that you were never enough.
It's time to honor your freedom to choose what you think and how you feel about yourself.
Why must we do this?
Because having a poor self-image can affect all aspects of your life.
...it affects your:
Relationships: How you act in social situations, how you communicate in your relationships, and how you feel and who you are within your relationships, can be influenced by a lack of self-esteem. Outburst of anger or acting like a doormat are aspects that can come from having a low self-esteem.
Vocation: What type of jobs you feel you are qualified for, what you choose as a career, how well you like what you do for a living...can all be affected from your self-image.
Health: Often times you can bring on an illness from low self-esteem due to wanting to play a victim or from having stress in regards to how you view yourself in certain situations. Your food choices may be influenced by how you feel about yourself as well. You may sabotage your diet because you feel undeserving or incapable. Now that you are reacquainted with the importance of having a higher level of self-esteem, let's go over ways to improve upon your habits of positive self-regard.
The first step is to...
Notice What You're Thinking: What is your mental chatter like? Are you critical of yourself and of others? Are you thinking positively or negatively regarding what you are doing? What are your thoughts like when you make a mistake? For the most part, are your thoughts positive or negative?
HIT THE PAUSE BUTTON on your negative thoughts! Remind yourself that there is no such thing as perfection, it's a choice of how you feel about something. Stop worrying that you're not going to do it "right" and/or you'll make a mistake.
As you hit the pause button, let that be a reminder to lighten up and take a different view. Maybe list in your mind all the things you do well (I call this internal bragging), or learn to laugh at your silly mistakes and move on. Don't focus on the negative.
"Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly." -G.K. Chesterton
It seems to be that when you internally judge yourself, you think others are judging you too!
Visualize a Positive Outcome: I view any type of visualization as a meditation technique. It helps to align your mind (thoughts) with your body (action). See, feel, and imagine yourself as succeeding at what it is you wish to accomplish. This type of visualization can help you to step out of your comfort zone and reach for the possibilities that you may of thought were impossible. Vividly picture yourself reaching the results you wish to achieve. Be and become the person that succeeds. Again, focus on what can go right.
Utilize affirmations through listening to recordings of you saying positive and encouraging affirmations, or read positive quotes daily. Affirmations and positive quotes can act as encouragement when you are feeling poorly of yourself.
Journal Your Daily Accomplishments: At the end of the night, write about how you did for the day in regards to feeling good about yourself. Be honest with yourself. With honesty, comes room for improvement. Were you able to keep your thoughts about yourself, about others and what you did throughout the day in a positive light? If not, how can you remind yourself to think positively?
List all that you accomplished in the day.
List the things that you are grateful for in life and things that you are grateful for regarding your abilities and accomplishments. Go ahead brag, nobody will notice, but you.
Did you step out of your comfort zone, or did fear hold you back? Write a story about how great you are!
Choose one of these strategies of building yourself esteem or all three. Do it with consistency and watch your self-image improve. Discover what it means to be at your BEST health!
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