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How to overcome low self esteem

Written by Karl Perera BA, MA, DipLC
Updated: May 7th, 2020

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how to overcome low self esteem Self-esteem is something that runs deeper than how you feel about the way that you look. It’s having the confidence to get up every day and achieve what you set out to do in life. It makes us more resilient in our careers, less vulnerable in our personal relationships, and more at ease in moments of adversity.  But are you unsure how to overcome low self esteem? Then, read on.. I’ll show you!

Improving your self esteem isn’t always a simple process (PsychologyToday) . There may be demons from your past that are holding back your self-development. However, with enough guidance and willingness to put in the work, you can increase your self-esteem over time. If you’re ready to start feeling more sure about yourself, then take a look at some of the best tips to get started. 

Get Proactive

If you can hear a voice inside of your head criticizing a certain area of your life, maybe it’s here for a reason. Rather than silencing it, do something about it! Try to identify what it is that you don’t like about yourself and take action where you can.

If you don’t like the way that your body looks in the mirror, then start exercising regularly. Eat better and lead a more active lifestyle.  


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If you feel insecure about your career or qualifications, then get certified or learn a new skill. Rather than allowing the critical voice to convince you that you’re not good enough, silence it!

Start Accepting Compliments

All too often, people receive compliments only to brush them off with self-deprecating jokes or comments. Even though it might seem harmless and humble, it’s actually damaging your self-worth. Discover more about accepting compliments and learn how to overcome low self esteem in my best-selling book – get it here.

When you deflect a compliment , you’re subconsciously telling yourself that you’re not good enough. Next time that someone says something complimentary to you, learn to smile and say, “Thank you!” If you start to believe you’re worthy, it won’t be long until you are worthy! 

Stop Negative Self-Talk

You wouldn’t tell your best friend or family member that they’re a worthless idiot when they make a mistake, so why would you do it to yourself?

If you notice that your self-esteem is low, then don’t kick yourself when you’re down by being overly cruel to your own brain. When you start to hear yourself reinforcing negative thoughts and opinions about who you are, silence that voice! Switch it up for something positive and encouraging instead.

Start Using Positive Affirmations 

Start waking up every day and saying something encouraging to yourself. Many people believe that you are a product of what you repeatedly tell yourself.  

Therefore, give it a try! Start telling yourself everything that you’d like to be as if it already is. Try saying, “I am successful!” “I am beautiful!” Or “I love myself!” more often. 

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Photo of Karl Perera, MA, DipLC Karl Perera is a fully qualified Life Coach (DipLC), Teacher (MA) and author of Self Esteem Secrets. He has taught at various universities including Durham, Leicester and Anglia Ruskin, Cambridge. He has run since 1997 and is an expert in Self Esteem and Self Confidence.