Low self-esteem can be a result of experiencing a traumatic childhood, neglect, emotional, sexual or physical abuse. When an individual experiences this their body will show signs of the stress in places like a painful tummy. Or there will be signs of moodiness, shouting, anger, physically acting out and many other symptoms.
When we have experienced trauma our body is in a state of shock and on an ‘attack’ mode that is hard to separate our feelings with logic. These individuals will find it so hard to love themselves that there will not be just low self-esteem issues but their sense of identity, self-worth, self-identity will then be in jeopardy.
If you are experiencing low self-esteem there are a few simple techniques that will help boost you:
1. Take 15 minutes in the morning and look at yourself in the mirror and tell yourself you love yourself and that you believe it. Keep this up everyday for 30 days and the results will show
2. Change negative thoughts about yourself and make them positive. “My butt looks big in this, how beautiful and voluptuous it really looks”.
3. Personal hygiene and self-care: Take some time to invest in yourself to make you feel good both in and the outside
4. Take up a sport or regular brisk walking this will increase the dopamine levels naturally
5. Eat good healthy food with no preservatives or high in unnecessary calories
6. Set yourself goals and daily task lists this will increase productivity and a sense of accomplishment
7. De-clutter your home and your mind will feel free
8. Take some time to just stop and lock away the mobile phone and take in the silence or noises of what is around you
9. Take time to spend time with loved ones
10. Smile, thank you and compliment more often
11. Cull people, objects, unnecessary things out of your life that is not necessary
12. Take a life coach, therapist or someone you can utilise to heal the past to move forward towards a brighter, happier future
“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived though this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ – Eleanor Roosevelt