Self-Confidence Exercises – 5 Easy Strategies to Build Your Self-Esteem

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Many teens and adults suffer from low self-confidence and self-esteem. Unfortunately, most people don’t have great childhoods. Some teens have parents that abuse and neglect them, get divorced, don’t show any interest in them, are addicted to drugs and alcohol or both, are obsessed with their career, or gave them adoption. Adults who experienced trauma in their childhood who didn’t seek help are more than likely to suffer from low self-confidence and self-esteem. The good news is that you have the power within you to change. The first step is to admit that you do have some issues to address and get help from a psychologist, therapist, life coach, spiritual coach, or someone from your place of worship. There’s nothing shameful about asking for help.

You don’t have to suffer from low self-confidence or self-esteem. Make the decision that you’re worth it. Make the decision to change your life for the better. Living life with low self-esteem isn’t living. Find the courage to take your power back and keep it for good. Know that it’s all right to say “No” and mean it. Do something for someone else because you want to not because you think you have to or that you’ll be punished if you don’t. Remember what Lao-tzu said, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” How long will you wait before you take that step?

Self-Confidence Exercises – 5 Easy Strategies to Build Your Self-Esteem

1. Look in the mirror and say “I love you” every day. It’s important that you love you. Every day look in the mirror and say “I love you.” Do this for 30-days and see how your life begins to shift. You can even shout it out loud whenever you’re alone. Loving yourself is will open the door to love. If you don’t love you, who will? Even if you suffered the most terrible abuse in your life, love you because there is only one of you. You are unique and valuable and are here for a reason. Commit to loving you and love will find its way to you as will self-esteem.

2. Smile. How often do you smile? It’s time to turn that frown upside down and smile. There’s a saying, “Smile and the whole world smiles with you.” Smile wherever you go and notice the reactions from people. Before you know it, people will be smiling at you. This is a great way to build your self-esteem and attract positive people into your life.

3. Look people in the eye when you speak to them. Look people in the eye whenever you speak to them. This shows confidence and will build your self-esteem. Start by looking your parents, siblings, bosses, co-workers, teachers, etc. in the eye. Try it a few times and notice how you feel. Don’t judge yourself if you stumble. Keep at it until you find your balance.

4. Take a martial arts class. Not only can martial arts do your body good, it can boost your self-esteem. Karate, mixed martial arts, Judo, Jujutsu, Fencing, Sambo, and other classes will help you build your self-esteem. Taking self-defense classes can also help.

5. Be you! You don’t have to follow the crowd. You don’t have to follow trends. Beat to your own drum and express who you are. Watch the self-criticism and give yourself a break.

You can build a strong self-esteem if you want to. However, it’s up to you because no one else can give or increase your self-esteem. There isn’t a ‘magic wand’ that will magically increase or give you self-esteem. You have the right to express your opinions without fear. It’s time to stop living small; reclaiming your power will set you free; appreciate you and your life. Remember, it’s not about being perfect. It’s about living your best life.

Bonus Strategy and Affirmation!

Stop being a people pleaser. If you find yourself saying “Yes” when you want to say “No,” it’s time to examine this. There’s nothing wrong with being considerate of others; however, sacrificing your own happiness or needs for others isn’t authentic. You diminish your power when you give into others when you don’t want to. Plus, it’s a sign of co-dependency. Get rid of the guilt and have the courage to say “No” when you want to. Don’t allow yourself to be a doormat for people who can’t get a handle on their lives.

Affirmation: It’s safe and comfortable for me to speak my truth.

Rebecca Sebek is the owner of DEORConsulting, a life coaching, consulting, and educating company for teens, parents, guardians, and professionals who work with teens from alcoholic and dysfunctional backgrounds. Parents learn how your past may be influencing your parenting skills; you may be surprised that it is. Together, we can help teens be, do, and have all they want out of life.



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