Ways to Enhance Self-Esteem Naturally
Posted on 29 September 2016 by Leonie Satori
While some people seem to have an endless supply of self-esteem, other mere mortals experience times in their life when their self-esteem needs a little healthy encouragement. The following information is a refresher for some, on the techniques to support your own accomplishments and encourage a strong sense of self-esteem. For others, this information and suggestions may seem almost like a foreign language. For those in the latter group, I encourage you to take your progress slowly and work on improving your mental and emotional health with small rewards for your achievements.
Take responsibility for your actions and behaviours. When you recognise that what you choose to do creates your environment, you can begin to understand that you are the only one who is to 'blame'. See yourself as the cause of what happens to you and in your life.
Accept and acknowledge positive comments from others and don't invalidate good things people mention to you. Learn to say thank you when someone offers some positive feedback on your work, your qualities or appearance, remember that they are viewing you from an external perspective and have made the effort to verbalise their observations.
Learn to speak to yourself with kinder words. We all have an ongoing internal dialogue with ourselves that can influence the way that we interpret the information that we receive. When we start to listen to our own internal voice we can begin to choose a vocabulary that is positive and affirmative.
Be the person that you want others to be. When we begin to embody our own belief and purpose, this reflects in our behaviours and self-esteem. Instead of trying to change other people's behaviour to suit your needs, focus your attention on being the best version of yourself and then the rest will fall into place.
Keep your awareness in the present. Being in the moment allows us to properly enjoy life, without dwelling on past events or waiting for the moment when everything will be perfect. Remember that you cannot re-live past events, but you can enjoy where you are right now.
Never be 'sorry' for your learning. Feeling guilty about minor errors or lapses of judgement achieves nothing more than a negative feeling and erosion of your self-esteem. Learn to pick up the lesson from mistakes and empower yourself with learned life experiences without apology.
You don't need to explain yourself. Detailed accounts to justify your actions to others often does nothing more than forfeit your energy and time. If someone needs an explanation of the reason for your actions they should ask. If you feel that your behaviour requires an explanation, then it may be time to go back to the beginning of this article and look at going through each point again: taking responsibility for your actions, being the person that you want others to be and learn from your mistakes without apology.
Ultimately, in world where we are continually compared to others, where there is always someone who is better, stronger, smarter or taller it takes courage to find your own independent way of thinking and develop self-esteem. The way that we talk to ourselves and speak of ourselves in public determine our confidence and composure. Finding the strength to step away from societal expectations and developing a strong sense of self is one of the most liberating ways to create a healthier and happier life.
About the Author
Leonie is a Naturopath & Medical Herbalist with a passion for good food, healthy living and of course, herbal medicine. When she is not consulting in her wellness clinic in Lismore or blogging about nutrition, Ayurvedic Medicine or natural health, she is studying yoga, growing her own herbs and vegetables or quietly walking in the natural bush land in Northern Rivers NSW.
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