3 Ways to Improve Your Self-Perception
By Indy Summers
If you’re like most people, then at some point you’ve had trouble with viewing yourself in a positive light. Maybe you’re consistently self-deprecating, or maybe it’s just an occasional thing that comes to your mind. Whatever the case, all of us could stand to have a little more love and compassion for ourselves, but that can be harder said than done. With a constant barrage of media in our lives and a lack of time, our personal care can start to lack in some areas, but preventing this doesn’t have to be difficult work. To help, here are some ways to improve your self-esteem and ensure that you’re caring for yourself in the best way.
Focus on health
When improving your self-esteem, your health, mental, emotional, and physical, should be one of the first considerations. If you have any serious health concerns in any of these categories, of course, it would be best to consult a professional before anything else. For a general betterment of your health, though, there are things that you can do that will help you become healthier and develop a deeper and stronger sense of self-worth.
Start with any area of your health that may be lacking. Maybe you exercise regularly and consistently, but have a difficult time eating healthily. Whatever your struggles, take a moment to do a self-evaluation and look for what part of your health might be causing you to view yourself in a negative light. Then change it. Regular exercise and a healthy diet can go a long way in helping you to view yourself in a more positive way, so if you struggle in any aspect of your health, take a moment to reevaluate and decide what area you can improve. As you do, pay attention to the changes to your self-worth and image that are sure to come.
Find the look for you
Our society often gets lost down rabbit holes surrounding our appearance. We even look down on people who take pride in their looks, and sometimes, they are arrogant people that go to the extreme. For the most part, there is nothing wrong with being proud of how you look. Exercise and diet have already been mentioned as a way to improve health and, consequently, self-worth, but there are other parts of your appearance that you can change if you so desire. Hair, skin, and clothing all fall into this category, and while you might not be able to change everything about yourself, you can take steps in some of these areas.
If your skin or other parts of your body aren’t quite where you would like them to be, do some research. Figure out what products or practices could help you improve the quality of your skin. Maybe you dislike your hair color or the thinning or balding that’s taking place. Consider a change in style or color, and if you’re losing your hair, look into ways to slow down the process. There are vitamins for hair loss and other products that can make a difference. And, if you dislike the way you dress, find another way or a different style. Experiment and do what makes you happy. It might seem like a simple step, but little changes can go a long way.
At times, it might be hard to figure out what exactly is troubling you or what changes you need to make, but learning to be aware of your thoughts and actions on a deeper level will allow you to become more of the person that you want to be. Mindfulness is the practice of focusing on the moment with an openness to your emotions without allowing them to drag you down.
Psychologists have discovered that practicing mindfulness can have a positive impact on self-esteem. If you find yourself in your own head a lot or generally having difficulty seeing your self-worth, consider mindfulness as a way to evaluate and address your emotions and thoughts, then use that to find areas of your life that you can change. As you do so, you might find that you feel better about yourself, or at least find areas that you can change.
Whatever your level of self-esteem and wherever your place in life, you can start now to become more of the person that you want to be. It doesn't have to be a big change; start off small by focusing on one of the areas above. You might find yourself one step closer to a better you.