5 – Spend More Time With People Who Make You Feel Good
Surrounding yourself with positive, uplifting people is a big part of self-esteem counseling. As part of your New Year’s resolutions, make a goal to spend more time with the people who make you feel good about yourself. Schedule a weekly dinner with your parents, siblings, best friends, etc., or make a goal to go out with these people at least once a month. The more time you spend surrounded by positivity, the better you will feel about yourself.
6 – Put Past Mistakes Behind You
It’s time to move on from past mistakes. Living in regret is not going to make your current situation better. It will only worsen your depression and lower your self-esteem. Use these mistakes as a learning tool for what not to do in the future. Poor diet choices, addictions, bad relationships, and other life experiences are opportunities to improve your life later on. Don’t beat yourself up about a bad decision. Instead, make sure you don’t repeat it in the coming year.
7 – Understand Your Personal Limits
Don’t set unrealistic goals that will make you feel worse about yourself. You know what you can logically accomplish in a week, month, year, etc. There is nothing wrong with pushing yourself a little bit, but don’t do that at the expense of your self-esteem. Set small goals that you know you can accomplish with a little effort so you can feel good about the progress you’re making.
Pro Tip: Instead of setting resolutions for the year, set resolutions for the month. At the beginning of each month, you can set new goals that match the progress you’ve made.
8 – Write Motivational Notes For Yourself
Motivational notes will help keep you going throughout the day, even when you least expect them. Write notes to include in your lunches, on your mirror, in your work desk, etc. Remind yourself that “you’ve got this” and encourage yourself to continue reaching your goals each day.
9 – Create A Rewards System For Your Accomplishments
Reward yourself for accomplishing your goals. What you use for the rewards is entirely up to you. If your goal is to stop smoking, treat yourself to a fancy dinner when you officially put away your last cigarette. Buy yourself some new clothing to celebrate your weight loss. Treat this like you would a rewards system for someone else, and find a tool that motivates you to keep going.
10 – Work With A Self-Esteem Counselor
You don’t have to fight this battle alone. The self-esteem counselors at Perspectives Of Troy Counseling Centers would be happy to help you boost your self-esteem, conquer your depression, and discover your self-worth. Give us a call at (248) 244-8644 to schedule an appointment with a counselor near you.