Having high self-esteem is very important to your own demeanor and productivity. Having low self-esteem can get in the way of your daily life. With low self-esteem, you are less likely to be happy at work or make good decisions, and more likely to be introverted and absorb negativity. There are many reasons why people have low self-esteem such as childhood bullying or other past traumatic events. Many times being around other negative people also brings out the worst in you.
However, being at home shouldn’t be a punishment to your self-esteem. There are many challenges that we may face on a daily basis, being at home shouldn’t be one of them. Your home is the best place to de-stress and lift yourself up on a psychological and emotional way. Sure, you might have had a hectic week at work or simply had a bad encounter with a client. However, having confidence is very important when it comes to facing daily challenges in the best way possible. Well, here are 10 different steps that you can take at home to improve your self-esteem starting today!
1. Apartment Makeover
Remodeling your home is very important. Your home is supposed to be your safe haven. Therefore, having a clean, remodeled and re-organized apartment will help you avoid the negative stress of clutters. Anything as simple as adding a touch of fresh paint on the walls, adding fresh live plants, or moving furniture around helps make the apartment feel much more welcoming for you. Also, buy new décor that showcases your favorite color tones. Next, hang up frames on your walls that include famous positive quotes from famous poets or writers. Finally, always let the natural exterior light shine inside. Natural light can make your apartment feel brighter, and help you feel more energized. By simply remodeling your apartment into a happy home, you will notice your mood change in a more positive way, leaving you feeling refreshed!
2. Post Positive Notes
Piggybacking on positive quotes, negativity mostly comes from what you believe about yourself. Therefore, it doesn’t matter if you are surrounded by the most positive person. If you believe that you are a failure and nothing more than that, then you will convince yourself of that. From now on, make it an effort to add complimentary post-it notes all over your house. Leave notes on your mirror or fridge that remind you of your good traits. These notes should state your skills, pros, and achieved goals. The more colorful the post-its are, the more positive the atmosphere will feel for you. Believe it or not, the good things that you tell yourself every day can be a psychological booster.
3. Watch Inspiring Movies
Movies can move us, anger us, and change us forever. The ones that you should be watching are the inspirational ones! There are so many drama movies that teach us about the life and challenges that the main characters must face in order to survive. From ‘The Pursuit of Happiness’ to ‘War Room’, and from ‘Life of Pi’ to ‘Gravity’, these movies take us into an immersion trip of survival! Sometimes crying can help you release the burden that you may be carrying inside. Watching an inspirational drama will make you realize that if others can succeed, then so can you!
4. Practice Self-Care
Self-care is as important as the water that our body needs to survive on a daily basis. Spending time on your own and nurturing your soul is healthy. This can consist of getting in touch with your mental health in many ways. You can start practicing good holistic self-care by, practicing yoga, rehearsing a dance routine, getting a fresh makeover, listening to upbeat music, reading a book, playing video games, or taking a well-deserved bubble bath! In order for you to be happy, you must take care of your mind and soul. Practicing self-care will create a release of endorphins in which produces feelings of euphoria. Don’t forget to smile either!
5. Eat Healthy
Some people say that you are what you eat. If you eat processed and chemically-enhanced foods then most likely you are eating unhealthy junk food. If you are feeling tired, moody, or stressed out, then now you understand why. However, if you prepare your own home cooked meals, then you can start practicing the habits of making healthier choices. In order to avoid many health issues and that feeling of grogginess, you have to eat healthier. Fruits and vegetables are full of joy because you nourish your body with natural multivitamins and minerals that your body needs to feel good. Start cooking fresh and start feeling re-energized!
6. Sleep Comfortably
Sleeping is the key to alertness. The less you sleep, the groggier you will feel. If you are unable to sleep well and suffer from insomnia, then try taking 15-minute naps. Relaxing your mind by sleeping or napping will help you relieve the stress from overthinking. By resting more, you will start noticing that you are less stressed out and much happier! Your self-esteem will be reflected on how well rested you are. The average time that an adult should be sleeping is 8 hours! Try practicing going to bed at an earlier time in order to have more time to rest your mind.
7. Quality Family Time
There is nothing better than having a family that cares for you and vice versa. Take the time to invite your family over for dinner. Spending quality time with your family and reminiscing about your childhood with them will bring back the joy of placing your mind back to a simpler time. Sure, being an adult can be stressful at times, but your family can help you overcome all those emotional challenges by being your support system! Knowing that you can count on relatives to make you laugh and smile will definitely replenish the joys of being a happy, well-rounded individual!
8. Invite Quality Friends
Friends are just like family. Having great friends can help you feel accepted and loved! There is nothing better than hosting a fun slumber party in which your friends and you can gossip and laugh out loud! If you have a secret to share or a challenge that you are facing, true friends will be those that only judge you by your character and not on what you have to say. Spending joyful moments with your best friends will remind you how important it is to ignore negative people. If you haven’t done so, invite a couple of friends and have a movie night!
9. Spiritual Makeover
Similar to self-care, spirituality is very important. Whether you are religious or not, being in touch with your soul can be healing in any time of crisis. You can either pray, meditate, sing, write, or reflect in silence for a minute. Regardless, the whole goal of having a spiritual journey is to understand the root of your low self-esteem problem. Ask yourself the following questions: Could your self-esteem issue be related to the self-image? Has anyone made you feel inferior before? What can you do to fix the problem? Running away from this low self-esteem issue will bring your stress levels higher, causing you to suffer a breakdown! Instead, think about taking time off to rest your mind at home, or plan a vacation trip in the near future.
10. Personality Makeover
Remember, there is nothing wrong with wanting to be alone at times. There is also nothing wrong with saying ‘NO’ to people. Don’t place yourself in a vulnerable situation in where others could end up taking advantage of your kindness. Allowing negative people to take advantage of you can impact your overall psycho-emotional well-being in the long run. Also, find someone trustful to talk to about these issues. Having a trustworthy person to vent to can help you feel less alone. Getting a cute puppy or kitten wouldn’t be a bad idea either! Knowing that there is someone special waiting for you at home feels wonderful!
If nothing works, then be aware that you may also be suffering from something more serious such as depression. Nevertheless, ignore the stigma of going to counseling; sometimes talking to a professional can actually help, because they are more likely to give you a different perspective, an objective point of view, and other steps to take towards working on your self-esteem.
The most important lesson here is to do your best to have a happy home. It all comes down to building a happy foundation for you at the comfort of your own living space. Although it may be difficult at times to see the best in you, try following some of these steps and see if it improves your self-esteem. Like a famous proverb state, “Home is where the heart is.” Therefore, take care of it.
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