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Improving Self-Esteem and Self-Confidence, Part 2

by Jennifer Menichello, LPC at Strategies for Success in Chandler, AZ

Last month, I suggested some things you can try on your own or with the help of your therapist to help you feel better about yourself. Here are some more tips to increase your self-esteem/self-confidence:

– Take an inventory of all of the positive things you have accomplished throughout your life; things you are especially proud of. At the end of each day, add something positive you have done that day to your list, and review it often.

– Think of a few specific goals….things you would like to accomplish in the future (near or far). Close your eyes and visualize yourself successfully meeting these goals.

– Learn to recognize your negative thoughts. Remember that you aren’t a fool…..you may have just done something foolish! Recognize and fix your mistakes when you can, but don’t internalize them.

– Avoid all-or-nothing thinking, such as “I always screw up!” or, “I’m never on time!” Maybe you got to work on time 4 out of 5 days, and were only late once. Try to think of times where you have shown up on time. No one does something wrong 100% of the time.

– Try to keep your sense of humor!

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