If your self-esteem isn't as healthy as you'd like it to be, there are things you can do to boost it, such as self-esteem activities.
A healthy self-esteem can bring success into your life – from career success to personal success. Self-confidence makes people more attractive, to friends and more.
How to Build Confidence and Self-Esteem
Self-esteem and confidence work together, which makes building both of them important for people that want to feel better about themselves. You'll develop a greater sense of self-love, have more positivity in your life, and you'll have a greater sense of self.
Building your self-esteem begins with understanding what self-esteem is and where your self-esteem rates. Self-esteem is how you view yourself and how you feel about yourself – overall.
1. Self-Confidence Test
If you aren't sure if you have low self-esteem, or you think you have high self-esteem but are hoping it's healthy, you can take tests online that help you determine where you're at. There are a multitude of tests available online, but you should choose ones that are through psychology related websites as opposed to those you find on viral quiz sites.
Common questions you'll find on tests that help determine your level of self-esteem include –
- How sensitive you are to criticism
- How much you rely on the praise of other people
- Whether you feel good about yourself or not
- Whether or not you're satisfied with yourself
- If you feel comfortable looking people in the eyes
- If you're nervous about how other people see you
- If you have an overall positive outlook on yourself
These are just a few of the questions you'll find on the various tests. They look at how much you relate to these specific things, like whether you strongly react to criticism or if it never affects you.
People with low self-esteem don't think very highly of themselves, they often berate themselves even when given positive criticism, and that have an overall feeling of dissatisfaction with their lives. People with healthy self-esteem don't have these issues.
2. Self-Esteem Worksheets
There are all sorts of worksheets that can help you with self-esteem. Some of them are like the tests and help you determine what your self-esteem level is. Others will teach you self-esteem building activities that will boost your outlook on life.
There are worksheets available for each of the following activities/lessons, and you can find them downloadable online:
- Gratitude Journal – You don' have to have a printout to get the benefits of a gratitude journal. Once or twice a day you should write down the things you're grateful for, including people and positive experiences you have throughout the day. Remembering the good things will help you be happier, which will help you feel better about yourself and your life.
- Exploration of Core Beliefs – The beliefs you hold onto, whether they came from your family or your own life experiences, can have an effect on your self-esteem. Exploring them can help you determine if it is one (or more) of your beliefs that are keeping your self-esteem low.
- Exploring Strengths – By learning about and understanding your strengths it can be easier to focus on the positive aspects of yourself. It is the negatives that cause low self-esteem. Building blocks start with the things you are already happy about or proud of.
- Looking at the Past, Presence, and Future – Things that happen to you in the past can affect your self-esteem now and in the future. If you were emotionally abused while growing up, that negativity can haunt you for the rest of your life. It helps to learn what is affecting your growth, so you can find ways to move past it.
- Practicing Gratitude – Don't just write in a gratitude journal, but also practice it each and every day. Tell the people in your life, even social media acquaintances, that you are grateful for them. Practice random acts of kindness. Always say Thank You. These small things will all add up to a big boost in your self-esteem.
- Collect Affirmations for Self-Esteem – Affirmations are positive statements that will boost your positivity. Just start with “I am,” and follow with something positive. “I am worthy of love, and I love myself.”
Why You Need to Improve Your Self-Esteem
Healthy self-esteem can change your life. People that exude confidence are the ones that get the job, make all the friends, and find lasting love – at least for the most part.
People with low self-esteem can have these things too, but your positive outlook when you feel good about yourself will keep people around you. So, practice some of these self esteem activities every day and you’ll be on your way to healthy self-esteem.