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How to Approve of Yourself Unconditionally

How to Approve of Yourself Unconditionally

Approving yourself unconditionally leads to healthy self-esteem. Don't know how to approve yourself unconditionally? Read these tips now.

A healthy self-esteem means approving yourself unconditionally. That does not mean you have to like everything about yourself and your life, but it does mean loving yourself as a whole person, as you are right now. If you’re like many people, you might be sabotaging your self-esteem by attaching conditions to your self-approval. It’s important to let go of those conditions, and learn how to approve yourself unconditionally.

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Kindness and Improving Self-Esteem

Kindness and Improving Self-Esteem

Kindness can help you to improve your self-esteem, and that includes being kind to others as well as yourself. Kindness may be in the form of a smile, friendly words or thoughts, a random act on the street, volunteering, helping a neighbour or reaching out to a friend. Be kind to others as well as yourself and improve self esteem. 

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How to Use Social Media to Build Self-Esteem

How to Use Social Media to Build Self-Esteem

Social media can build self-esteem or wreck it, depending on how you use it. Learn how to use social media to build self-esteem. Read these tips.

Like it or not, social media is a part of life, and you may as well use it to your advantage. You can use social media to build self-esteem. You hear of many people avoiding social media altogether because it messes with your confidence. While that can be true, social media does have some value, and there can be benefits from using it in a healthy way and in moderation. In a world when most people are using social media, you can feel disconnected if you don’t use it at all. Additionally, avoidance doesn’t help with self-esteem issues. Instead, you can learn to use social media to build self-esteem. 

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Stop Crash Dieting and Create Healthy Habits For Life

Stop Crash Dieting and Create Healthy Habits For Life

Crash diets are a hazard to your self-esteem and they need to be stopped. There are many reasons why people might crash diet, such as wanting to lose weight or getting into shape. Others might be following the latest celebrity trend or taking health consciousness too far. No matter what, crash dieting is not the answer (A Starvation Diet’s Toxic Thoughts). Note that the terms “crash diet”and “diet” are often used synonymously but there is a difference. Strictly speaking, diet is simply what you eat. It can be a healthy lifestyle habit and not necessarily a short-term way to lose weight. For your own wellbeing, stop crash dieting and create healthy habits for life.

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Set Goals that Work for You to Improve Your Self-Esteem

Set Goals that Work for You to Improve Your Self-Esteem

Setting goals that work for you can improve your self-esteem. They give you a sense of purpose and something to work towards, as well as the motivation and means to get there (How Setting Intentions Improved My Confidence). Unfortunately, too many people set goals that aren’t righ, resulting in disappointment and lowered self-esteem. However, setting the right goals can lead to personal growth and better self-esteem. Here are some ways of setting goals that work for you.

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45 Ways to Build Your Self-Esteem

45 Ways to Build Your Self-Esteem

You probably know that building self-esteem is important for your mental health and wellbeing, and there are many ways you can build your self-esteem. Below is a list of tips for self-esteem building, compiled from posts over the past year. 

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Holiday Season Isolation and How To Deal With It

Holiday Season Isolation and How To Deal With It

Holiday season isolation can be destructive to your self-esteem; however, you can learn to deal with the pain of holiday season isolation. Perhaps you don’t have real friends or family, you have a toxic family, loved ones are far away or friends are too busy with their own families. The festive season can also be a trigger for mental health issues including depression, anxiety, disordered eating, bipolar disorder, addictions and grief. If you’re experiencing a mental health issue you might not be in the mood to celebrate, and you can feel isolated even if you’re surrounded by people. Alternatively, you might not celebrate due to your beliefs. No matter what the reason for your holiday season isolation, it’s important to minimise the impact it has on your self-esteem and general wellbeing. 

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Stop Being Overly Critical of Yourself

Stop Being Overly Critical of Yourself

Being overly critical of yourself leads directly to low self-esteem, depression and anxiety. Learn ways to stop being overly critical of yourself. Read this.

Being overly critical of yourself goes hand in hand with low self-esteem as well as other mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. Constructive criticism can be appropriate, healthy, and helpful at times; however, being overly critical is not. When you’re overly critical, you might have unreasonable expectations, exaggerate the negatives or you might be extremely judgemental of yourself. For a healthy self-esteem, it’s important to see yourself in a healthy, balanced way. To do that, you need to stop being overly critical of yourself.

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Stop Overgeneralisation to Build Self-Esteem

Stop Overgeneralisation to Build Self-Esteem

Overgeneralisation is a common problem that’s associated with low self-esteem, as well as other mental health issues such as depression and anxiety (Low Self-Esteem and Mental Illness). If you overgeneralise, you make assumptions or draw conclusions that are very broad and distorted. Note that overgeneralisation is not the same as seeing the bigger picture. Bigger picture thinking can be very valuable and healthy. However, overgeneralisation is a type of negative thinking that distorts reality; it is an unbalanced perception and an unhealthy way of thinking. It can magnify the negatives which can be damaging. The good news is that you can learn to stop overgeneralising and build your self-esteem.

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Stop Cancelling Plans Because of Low Confidence

Stop Cancelling Plans Because of Low Confidence

Cancelling plans because of low confidence can be easy to do. However, it's important to stop cancelling plans because of low confidence. Read these tips.

Cancelling plans can be easy to do when your confidence is low. You may be anxious or uncomfortable, and those feelings will probably intensify as the plans draw nearer (take the Social Anxiety Disorder Test: Do I Have Social Anxiety?). Fear and anxiety can be overwhelming and negative thoughts take over. Negative feelings can get so uncomfortable, and pulling out of your plans may seem like the easiest thing to do. However, cancelling plans or not showing up can make things worse. It’s important to stop cancelling plans because of low confidence.

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