Saturday 3 December 2016

The write way to boost self-esteem

Published 06/09/2016 | 02:30

Write down good things that other people say about you
Write down good things that other people say about you

Low self-esteem often begins in childhood. Living with low self-esteem can harm your mental health, leading to problems such as depression and anxiety.

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To boost self-esteem, you need to identify and challenge the negative beliefs.

* Learn to spot the negative thoughts you have about yourself. You may tell yourself you are "too stupid" to apply for a new job, for example, or that "nobody cares" about you. Start to note these negative thoughts and write them down on a piece of paper or in a diary.

* Write down evidence that challenges these negative beliefs such as "I am someone that others trust". Also write down good things that other people say about you.

* Aim to have at least five things on your list and add to it regularly. Put your list somewhere you can see it to remind yourself.

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