How to Boost Your Self-Esteem During Difficult Times
Attempting to boost your self-esteem during normal times is hard enough, let alone trying to figure out how to boost your self-esteem during difficult times in your life
Life happens and we all agree that, stressful and frustrating issues like getting fired from a job, broken relationships, or health issues can drastically lower our self-esteem. We tend to take the blame and feel that, if we were “better,”or “in a different situation” these things wouldn’t have happened to us in the first place. When we rationally think about it, we may realize that this is untrue, but it’s just harder during tough times to feel good about ourselves!
Here are Some Simple But Yet Effective Strategies You Can Use To Give Your Self-Esteem a Boost During Difficult Times:
1. Focus On The Positive.
Yes, negative and unexpected things can and will happen in your life, but this must not be what you only focus on. As I’m sure you’ve heard before: “Things could be worse.” Try to shift your attention on the positive things in your life, a.k.a the good things you’ve achieved in your life.
* Whether it’s having amazing children, a terrific spouse, or a home to call your own, focus on what means a lot to you and how it makes you feel. These special achievements should be you anchor in life.
* This will not only make you feel better about your current situation, but you’ll also realize that these good things would not have been possible without you.
* You have to understand that you are a positive influence in the lives of many. You’ve impacted others in ways that you wouldn’t believe. Realistically, everyone has to deal with difficult times as a part of growing and maturing. Try to remember that “this too shall pass” and keep your chin up.
2. Have Your “Me Time”.
With all that’s happening in your life right now, it’s normal to be under a lot of stress. This obviously isn’t helping your feelings of low self-esteem. More than likely, you’re not taking any time out for the most important person in your life: you.
* Allow some time to relax and regroup. It will do wonders for your mindset! Make the time to do something that you thoroughly enjoy doing. It can be alone or with family or a trusted friend – whatever relaxes you the most.
* Read a book, take a bubble bath, make some cookies, or dance around the house to your favorite music. Anything that can relieve some of that stress you’re feeling will make a big difference.
3. Be Hopeful That Things Will Get Better.
It’s crucial for you to understand how powerful your mind is. If you’re in a situation that you truly believe is hopeless, your chances of changing that situation worsen greatly. On the other hand, If you believe things can and will get better, your chances of improving and changing the situation are greatest.
* Believing that things will improve and get better, will also help you feel more confident about yourself and abilities. You’ll feel more positive heading into the right direction, and you’ll boost your self-esteem drastically.
Sometimes life presents us with difficult situations that we’re not prepared to deal with. During these times, consciously redirect your thoughts away from the negative and towards the positive. Your self-esteem will be strengthened, along with your belief of a better outcome. What you focus on becomes more dominant!
Low self-esteem shouldn’t have the power to put shackles on your life. There’s hope and it starts with knowing that you have the potential of overcoming the negative self talk.
When you can see a light at the end of the tunnel, things don’t seem as dark. Use these tips to find your light and you will feel better.