Top 10 Ways to Raise Your Self-Esteem

Self-esteem is not a gift bestowed by those outside of us or something that can be taken from us by others. It’s an inside job. Rather than wait passively for good self-esteem to happen, we need to take action. Daily or weekly is the best.   

Top 10 Ways to Raise Your Self-Esteem

1. Make a list. What’s good about you? What’s wonderful? Hang your list near your bed so that you see it when you wake up and when you go to sleep.

2. Forgive yourself. Acknowledge a mistake, but let go of self-recrimination. Recognize that you, too, are human and “allowed” to fail.

3. Do one thing you’ve been putting off. It’s amazing how clearing clutter (literal or figurative) can clear a space for better self-esteem.

4. Relax! Meditate, exercise, take a bath. When you’re relaxed, negative things don’t seem so big, and it’s easier to remember the good things about you.

5. Do something you’re good at. The competence and accomplishment you feel when doing that activity are great antidotes to low self-esteem.

6. Learn something new. When we commit to learning, we commit to growth as a way of life. Acknowledge that you are moving forward.

7. Get absorbed in a project or other activity. Taking the focus off yourself can help when you feel low, anxious, or lacking in confidence.

8. Assert yourself. Learning this skill goes a long way to improving your self-image.

9. Remember what you’ve achieved. Take a step back and look at the whole of your life.

10. Do a self-esteem “workout”. In a private place and with complete abandon, shout all the things you’re good at and why you matter. It’s surprising how instantly effective this exercise is.

By implementing these tips into your daily life, you can gradually transform your self-perception and develop a stronger sense of self-esteem. And remember that building self-esteem is an ongoing process that requires patience, dedication, and some self-awareness. But the journey is worth the effort!

If, despite your best efforts, you are stuck in the same old patterns and need to design some better routines, ADHD coaching could be a path to explore. Consider scheduling a complimentary introductory meeting with me or any of the other coaches at The Center for Living Well with ADHD. Let’s get acquainted, understand your needs, and explore how ADHD Coaching may help you experience more of the life you are meant to have.

Abby Riley

Abby Riley

ADHD Coach and Life Coach, Executive Skills Coach

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