Things You Can Do Right Away-Every
Day-to Raise Your Self-Esteem
Pay attention to your own needs and wants. Listen to what your body, your mind, and your heart are telling
you. For instance, if your body is telling you that you have been sitting down
too long, stand up and stretch. If your heart is longing to spend more time with
a special friend, do it. If your mind is telling you to clean up your basement,
listen to your favorite music, or stop thinking bad thoughts about yourself, take those
Take very good care of yourself. As you were growing up you may not have
learned how to take good care of yourself. In fact, much of your attention may
have been on taking care of others, on just getting by, or on "behaving well."
Begin today to take good care of yourself. Treat yourself as a wonderful parent
would treat a small child or as one very best friend might treat another. If you
work at taking good care of yourself, you will find that you feel better about
yourself. Here are some ways to take good care of yourself-
You may be doing some of these things now. There will be others you need to
work on. You will find that you will continue to learn new and better ways to
take care of yourself. As you incorporate these changes into your life, your
self-esteem will continue to improve.
SOURCE: United States Department of Health
and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, www.mentalhealth.samhsa.gov
Negative emotions are more powerful than positive emotions.