10 resources to build your self-esteem


At this time of year I’ve noticed that we can feel a dip, a slump, or even a collapse in our self-esteem.

Why? See if any of these apply to you:

  • That new gym membership hasn’t been used
  • It’s still cold and dark outside
  • The diet has stopped, or hasn’t been started
  • Money’s tight
  • Now that Christmas and New Year are well and truly over, life feels a little flat
  • The goals for 2018 have been shelved, indefinitely
  • A colleague just got promoted, and you thought it should have been you

Sure, we can all get a bit demotivated at times. What’s noticeable is that we can respond in different ways. Some get moving. Some write affirmations. Some talk to people. For some of us, feeling down means our self-esteem takes a dive.

Here’s my round-up of 10 resources that can help you build your self-esteem:

  1. Sound sense and answers to the question ‘Is low self-esteem a mental health problem?’ from MIND, the mental health charity.
  2. The School of Life offers their take on low self-esteem and where it comes from in this video.
  3. Also from The School of Life, The Book of Life has ‘A Self-Compassion Exercise’, and suggests a short meditation around 6 simple points.
  4. Dr Ellen Hendriksen, a.k.a.The Savvy Psychologist’s tips include ‘remember that perfection is boring’.
  5. Dr Guy Winch offers ‘5 Ways to Boost Your Self-Esteem and Make It Stick’, which includes some great DOs and DON’Ts about affirmations.
  6. Mind Tools provides great advice on ‘Beating self-sabotage’.
  7. Remember we don’t need to put others down to boost our self-esteem, as Workplace Psychology points out.
  8. Watchwellcast has a handy video.
  9. Finally, watch Inside Out. Yes really. Do you need an excuse?

Dawn is the author of ‘The Feedback Book’, available now at bookstores and on Amazon



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