The way you think and feel about yourself depends only on you. As the great Eleanor Roosevelt once said: “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” And we agree 100%. However, there are times that you can’t help but feel down and lose your self esteem. The next time it happens follow some of these simple techniques that will help you feel better about yourself in no time.
A Walk in the Park
A nice walk in the park will help you relax and get in touch with your inner self. Breathing fresh air and resting your eyes in nature will make you feel happy for being alive. Go for a walk in the park and get in touch with nature as often as you can, especially if you live in the city surrounded by concrete. Walk around and take deep breaths. Enjoy the breeze caressing your face, the smell of fresh flowers and the cheerful chirping of the birds.
Research has proven that exercise can affect our body and brain and improve our mood, self-image and confidence. So, whenever you are feeling down, go for a run or a swim, hit the gym or work out at home. Even if you really don’t feel like it, make yourself do it. You will be surprised how good you will feel afterwards.
Do Something That You’ve Been Postponing for a While
Take a deep breath and just get it done. Answer that e-mail, write to a friend, do the list of reasons why you deserve a promotion and give it to your boss, enroll in the cooking or French class or in your local gym. When you get something done that you’ve been postponing for a while you will feel better immediately. You will feel liberated from that guilty feeling of procrastination and start feeling better about yourself.
Retail therapy can sometimes be very effective in making you feel better. The main reason for this is the fact that we are forced to think about something else for a while and not about ourselves or our problems. Before you go shopping decide how much you can spend and stick to it.
Even if you don’t spend a lot of money and you end up only with a mascara or a new lipstick, you will feel much better. If you think that retail therapy is something only the rich can afford than you can go window shopping. Try to have fun planning your new wardrobe in case you win the lottery.
Turn Up the Music
A good song or a playlist can instantly change your mood and make you feel better. Play some dance music or salsa, turn up the volume as much as you can considering you neighbors and start dancing around the house.
It may sound crazy, but it really works. You will feel happier and more confident once you notice your great dance moves in the mirror that you didn’t even think you had.
Get Lost in a Good Book
If you really don’t feel like dancing, working out or going shopping, than a good book would be the perfect solution. When you get carried away with the plot of a good story you will relax and have a good time. Pick up a fun book that can make you laugh and tell everyone not to disturb you while you read.
Lisa is a special needs teacher and a hugger. She always makes time for everyone and lightens up everybody’s lives with her presence. When she is not chasing her students around the yard, she finds time to write about what she truly loves, and you guessed it, its people and relationships.