Some of the many causes of low self-esteem may include: Unhappy childhood where parents (or other significant people such as teachers) were extremely critical. Poor academic performance in school resulting in a lack of confidence. Bullying, Ongoing stressful life events (like a relationship ending) or financial trouble. Whatever it is, we can always improve our current self image and level of confidence.
Positive Self talk- For us, this is by far #1 on the list. No one is going to tell you you're the best. Humans are better at criticizing others than they are complimenting. A good rule of thumb is to speak to yourself in the same way that you’d speak to your mates. This can be really hard at first, but practise makes perfect. Some examples: ‘I am doing the best I can’, ‘I can totally make it through this workout’, ‘I don’t feel great but things could be worse’
Workout- Wether its running, rowing, weight lifting, Zumba or a boxing class, exercise is a great way to increase motivation, practise setting goals and build confidence. Breaking a sweat also cues the body to release endorphins, the feel-good hormones.
No one is perfect, so stop comparing yourself to others- Always strive to be the best version of yourself, but it’s also important to accept that perfection is an unrealistic goal. Ask yourself if you're doing your best and giving your all. If you truly feel that you are, then be happy and let the chips fall where they may. Focus on what you can control- It’s easy to get hung up on all the things that are out of your control, but it won’t achieve much. Instead, try to focus your energy on identifying the things that are within your control and seeing what you can do about them. And make sure whatever you focus your energy on is something YOU want. Not what others want or what you THINK others want you to do. Internalize that and your life will change for the better.
Bonus Tip: Talk to someone... and have them hold you accountable- Find someone you trust and tell them your goals and ambition. Its easy for us to give up or be lazy. When we have someone there who wants us to succeed, they will help make sure you're staying on track with your goals and ambitions.
Practice, Practice, Practice and good luck! Reach out anytime if you'd like us to be that someone to hold you accountable.