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International Boost Self-Esteem Month

February 2019 – Help Avoid Clinical Depression. Our self-esteem is something that is always changing throughout our lives. A healthy self-esteem can improve your mental health. If someone is suffering from existing severe mental health struggles like anxiety and depression, a boost in their self-esteem can possibly increase their feelings of worth and help manage feelings of emptiness and sadness.

It is good to pay attention to your “self-talk.” Sometimes we are very critical of ourselves and others. Once you are aware of negative self-talk, you can you can challenge those thoughts when they arise.

One thing to help boost your self-esteem is to accept your flaws. We have to remember to separate the flaws that are unchangeable from ones we can work on. Accepting a flaw doesn’t mean that you like your flaw, it just means you have chosen to not let something you cannot change control you.

Another way to boost your self-esteem is to celebrate your personal strengths and practice gratitude. You could incorporate 5 minutes into your daily life to reflect on your personal strengths. These strengths could range from not only who you are physically but also your relationships, your personality, and your abilities. This can be how you are a caretaker of people and/or animals, how people come to you because you will make them laugh, or how you show people in your life that you love them.

Practicing self-care is another excellent way to boost your self-esteem. Self-care is a difficult practice and we find reasons why we don’t do it or as often as we should. Self-care requires you to focus on yourself and your needs which includes having sufficient sleep, proper mind and body nourishment, and doing what provides you with a sense of peace and well-being.