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How to Improve Your Health and Increase Your Self-Esteem

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Living with low self-esteem can affect your life. It contributes to poor mental health and can feedback into poor physical health as well. It can get in the way of meeting new people and lead to unproductive work behaviors, such as being overly compliant or lessening the desire to perform. Boost your confidence right now, live your life to the fullest, and prosper by following these practical tips from the Vascular Institute of Chattanooga.

 

Get Moving

The CDC recommends that adults get at least 150 minutes of physical activity every week. With many of us working desk jobs and sitting for hours throughout the week, getting the recommended movement can be a challenge. Though it can be difficult to get started, focus on doing what you can a bit at a time. As you build progress, you notice the mood benefits of endorphins from exercise. You’ll also be lowering your risk of chronic illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes, too.

 

Challenge Your Negative Thoughts

A lack of confidence often originates from childhood experiences. Poor academic performance, teachers telling you you’re underperforming, friends and family sending out negative messages. These messages can stay with you. But you can shake them off by identifying them and challenging them.

Buy a diary and write down any negative thoughts that enter your mind. These may include telling yourself you’re too stupid to get the job you’ve applied for or too overweight to look good in that new dress you have your eye on.

Next, write down something that challenges these thoughts. Note the skills you possess that make you a perfect fit for the job. Recall some comments friends have made to you in the past on your dress sense and how well you look.

Don’t stop there. Write down half a dozen or more of these positive thoughts, and add to them regularly. Keep them with you as a constant reminder that you really are amazing.

 

Learn Something New

Learning something new can stretch your abilities. Lack of achievement is one of the causes of low self-esteem. Developing a new skill and mastering it is one of the best ways of boosting confidence. Try the following:

 

  • Meditation.

    Meditation techniques allow you to observe yourself without judgment. In a meditative state, you can unravel who you really are, enabling you to better understand your strengths and limitations.

  • Learn a foreign language.

    Learning a new language is no cakewalk. This is why taking on such a difficult challenge is so rewarding when you progress.

  • Go back to school. 

    Sometimes a career change is just the tonic you need to boost your confidence. You can enhance your prospects by going back to school. If you want to develop your skills in information technology, earning an IT degree with an online program is an excellent place to start.

  • Weightlifting

    Beyond the obvious benefits of losing weight and developing a better perception of your body image, weightlifting offers many mental health benefits, such as reduced anxiety symptoms.

 

Self-Care

Treat yourself to a new hairdo, get some eyelash extensions, buy yourself a new outfit, or do anything that makes you feel good about yourself. By practicing self-care, you’re doing something positive for your mind and body. As a result, you feel more confident.

 

Burnout and Its Effect on Confidence

When someone experiences burnout, they often encounter moments of low self-esteem, particularly when having to return to work after a long absence. You can combat burnout by permitting yourself to take a break, talking openly about your expectations, getting more sleep, and evaluating your opinions.

 

A Whole New World

As your confidence rises, a whole new world begins to open up. You can enjoy this new world by banishing negative thoughts, learning a new skill, treating yourself, and releasing yourself from the shackles of negative thinking.

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