Unlikely Strategies for Improving Your Self-Worth

Self-worth can seem like a roller coaster ride. I can be wearing my favorite outfit, having a great hair day, and feeling confident in myself, but one negative
thought or offhand comment from a friend is sometimes all it takes to make my confidence plummet. Okay, so maybe if
you’re a guy you aren’t too worried about having a great hair day, but we all wish we could be a little more confident!

When you take the time to reflect on who you are and take steps to strengthen your
identity, you will develop a strong sense of self-worth.

Here are some surprising strategies to help you improve your self-esteem and gain a strong sense of self-worth today and
for years to come.

BE HONEST ABOUT YOUR STRUGGLES

Surround yourself with good friends—and be honest with
them about your struggles.

When you’re down on yourself, you can feel very
isolated. It sometimes seems like you’re always going to think poorly of
yourself. But when you are honest with your friends about your struggles, they can offer you support, help you recognize
any distorted views you may have of yourself, and ultimately help you improve your self-worth.

TAKE SMALL STEPS FORWARD

When you’re feeling down on yourself, it’s easy to throw on pajamas, grab a pint of ice cream, and plop yourself in
front of the TV to distract yourself from your feelings. But doing these things may be detrimental to your sense of
self-worth.

The happiest people are the ones who
recognize both their strengths and their weaknesses, and work to improve both.

Instead of giving up on yourself, recognize that you’re feeling discouraged, then take some small step to improve your circumstances. Journal, make your bed, take a walk, or call a
friend. Doing something small but productive—something to help you grow, rather than distract you—can make a big
difference.

HAVE A BALANCED VIEW OF YOURSELF

Take a good long look at your strengths—AND your weaknesses. Then play to your strengths, and work on your weaknesses.
If you pretend you don’t have weaknesses, you will end up disappointed.

The happiest people are the ones who recognize both their strengths and their weaknesses, and work to improve both.

RECOGNIZE THAT IT’S OKAY TO FAIL

Oftentimes, our self-worth can get tied up with our latest projects or goals. And our culture tells us that it is not
okay to fail, so we put pressure on ourselves to avoid failure at all costs. But we’re all human, and we all inevitably
fail sometimes. When we do, our self-esteem can plummet. We feel as though our lives are failures. This is a lie.

Self-worth ultimately comes from knowing who
we are at our core and living in a way that reflects that truth.

Failures teach us valuable lessons that can help us adapt, grow, and figure out how to succeed in the future. They help
us to become the-best-versions-of-ourselves.
Learn from your failures, and recognize that your worth is not dependent on them.

DO SOMETHING TO HELP OTHERS

Whether it’s through visiting your local nursing home, volunteering at a soup kitchen, or offering to babysit for free,
helping others can improve your self-worth. Research
shows that helping others makes you feel better about yourself—so find a way to help people that works for you.

For example, after spending time in college helping students learn to create resumes, one of my friends began
volunteering for a local organization that helps at-risk adults with job searching. Whatever your skills, there’s a way
to use them to make a positive impact in your community.

GET IN TOUCH WITH YOUR CREATIVE SIDE

Studies show that creativity and self-esteem are intertwined. Doing something creative gives you a meaningful project to
work on, as well as a sense of accomplishment and pride in your work.

Cooking or baking, gardening, sketching, singing or dancing, writing—all of these activities can help you tap into your
creativity and improve your perception of yourself.

SPEND TIME IN SILENCE

Self-worth is integrally related to knowing
who you are at your core and living in a way that reflects that.

Self-worth ultimately comes from knowing who we are at our core and living in a way that reflects that truth. When you take time in the classroom of silence, you become better
acquainted with who you really are and what you are meant to do with your life. Through prayer and reflection, you can
become more grounded in your deepest identity and live this truth.


Self-worth is integrally related to knowing who you are at your core and living in a way that reflects that. When you
take the time to reflect on who you are and take steps to strengthen your identity, you will develop a strong sense of
self-worth. Use these strategies to remind yourself of who you are and to help you work toward becoming the-best-version-of-yourself every day.

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