Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Self Image & Esteem (How-To Guide)

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Self image is one’s concept of oneself or one’s role. If our conception is negative, it affects our self esteem in a negative way.

Yet if we can cultivate a positive self image about ourselves then this can lead to great feelings of self esteem and overall well-being.

Concepts of self image include:

  • Our value and self worth as a person.
  • Our roles in life at school, home, and work.
  • Our accomplishments.
  • How others see us.
  • Our purpose in life and our independence.
  • Our dreams and goals for the future.
  • Our strengths.
  • Our weaknesses.
  • Our complete physical appearance.

We judge ourselves on these concepts. We also believe everyone we know judges us based on these same concepts.

Self esteem is pride in oneself, our self respect. If the opinion we form of our self is negative, we lose pride in our self.

1. Building Your Self Image

Make an assessment of yourself.

Assess the areas you’re negative in. Talk to yourself, we all do! Write them down so you can deal with them as they come up. Start using positive thinking and make positive comments to yourself in those areas.

Distinguish Accomplishments

No matter how small or large an accomplishment may seem to you, write it down. These are things that you have done. These show your self worth. Recognize and accept them.

Be Understanding

If you make a mistake, move on. If someone else makes a mistake, be understanding. Realize that no one is perfect, and being understanding has an impact on every one.

Be Confident

Learn to be confident, respect others, and respect yourself.

Try Scrapbooking and Journaling

Writing your story can help you connect with your inner self. It can be way to heal your emotional wounds. Try a course in the techniques of scrapbooking and journaling that will assist you in doing this in a fun and unique way.

When you look around at your family and friends, realize your self worth. We can control the negativity in our life. We can replace that with positive thoughts. We can regain our pride and self worth through positive influences and thoughts.

2. Improving Your Self Esteem

Self esteem is pride in oneself, our self respect. If we have a poor image of our self, we lose confidence and pride in our self.

It’s associated to our conception of self worth and value based on our self image.

When our image is poor or negative, we lose confidence in our self.

Without confidence, we can become depressed, unhappy and insecure. We criticize our self and fail the challenges that come our way.

When we see someone that has high self esteem, we see various qualities in them.

Some of those qualities are confidence, flexibility, they take risks, accept change and they like who they are.

When we have self esteem, we respect our self. We then respect others, improve our relationships, our accomplishments and our overall self.

Assess the areas of your life that are negative. Write them down, and be honest about each one. When you realize what they are, you can overcome them.

Building Your Confidence

  • Set achievable goals. Forget your failures, you’ve learned from them, now move on. Be proud of your accomplishments. Reward yourself when you succeed. Support yourself and be positive, say “I can” or “I will.” Use positive thinking and words. Don’t give up, try..try..try again! You can do it! Accept who you are, learn to like you, you are unique and deserving.

When you look around at your family and friends, realize your self worth. We can control the negativity in our life. We can replace that with positive thoughts. We can regain our self esteem and self worth through positive thinking and influences.

3. Using Positive Thinking

Positive thinking creates a mind concept of being happy, healthy and successful. It’s an attitude that changes how we deal with our daily life. It also helps eliminate stess that is so harmful to women’s health.

Can we make it a habit?

Your feelings and beliefs are the foundation of your inner thoughts. Whether you realize it or not, you control your thoughts.

When you’re optimistic, your mental attitude expects good results. When you’re negative, your mentality changes and you expect the worse.

The biggest difference in people that are optimistic or pessimistic is their mental attitudes. Their approach to every day life is completely different.

The Power of Positive Thinking and the Reflections of Being Positive

Positive thoughts give you a healthier life. Your interaction with others is affected by your attitude. When your attitude is positive, you bear fruit accordingly.

  •     Improved relationships
  •     Health
  •     Inner peace
  •     Acceptance of others
  •     You try new things
  •     You face challenges with less stress
  •     Your self esteem is much higher
  •     You have more energy

Changing Your Negative Thoughts – Practice Makes Perfect

Changing negative thoughts takes some effort and concentration. It will take practice to undo a “habit” you’re accustomed to, but it’s very doable.

  •     Listen to your thoughts.
  •     When a negative thought starts to enter your mind, immediately replace it with positive thinking.
  •     Start replacing words such as “can’t” with “can”, “impossible” with “possible” until it becomes a natural habit.
  •     Be persistent, don’t give up on changing your thoughts.
  •     Visualize your thoughts. Instead of “I can’t get this job,” see yourself doing that job and saying “I can get this job.”
  •     Make a commitment to yourself to overcome negativity.
  •     Develop a strategy for dealing with negativity.
  •     Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself. You are in control of you.
  •     Set goals for yourself, write them down, visualize them and be affirmative about them.
  •     Look for positive people to be around.
  •     Do things you enjoy that make you happy.
  •     Nourish your body with good nutrition and physical activity.

Thinking positively doesn’t necessarily mean you expect everything to always turn out perfect. But I believe that it means you are more likely to succeed because you don’t give up as easily.

Loretta
Loretta works with clients dealing with stress in their lives. Through the use of stress management techniques and practical methods, Loretta has helped many overcome stress and live healthier, happy lives. loretta@cleanseplan.com

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