Top 10 Tips for Overcoming Low Self-Esteem

21 Nov 2019

What is Self-Esteem?

Each and every one of us have self-esteem. Self-esteem is made up of the thoughts we have about ourselves and plays a role in almost everything we do.

Having healthy self-esteem is really important as it helps you make positive choices in your everyday life, gives you the courage to be your own person, have good relationships and helps you deal with difficult situations.

It’s important to believe that deep down that you can change. Change doesn’t necessarily happen easily or quickly, but it can happen.

There are simple interventions aimed at helping you increase and build your self-esteem and we’ve summarized them all here.

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10 tips for overcoming low self-esteem

These 10 tips are great starting points for anybody who is suffering from low confidence and low self-esteem. They could help you increase your confidence or just be good starting points to think about.

1. Challenge bad thoughts about yourself

Do you feel bad about your personality or appearance? Do you often doubt your ability to do or say things right?

Try to replace them with more positive thoughts which celebrate things you’re good at. You can start this by writing down a list of at least three things you do well.

For example:

  • I am good at writing short stories
  • I look good with curly hair
  • I am a great, helpful and loyal friend to my best friends.

Remember this list when you start feeling low, this will help bring yourself back to reality. You could even write these on a small whiteboard in your room, post-it notes around your laptop or in a notes app on your phone.

2. Take care of yourself

Eating well and exercising boosts endorphins, the body’s natural way of making you feel happy, which make you feel good on the inside and stimulates a more positive mood. When you exercise, you’ll ease stress and feel better about yourself.

Having a cheesy dance in your bedroom, or going for a jog around the block are great ways to boost your self-esteem.

3. Relax

The constant feeling of stress can play a huge role in low self-esteem. It makes you feel negative thoughts more often, it reduces your confidence and you’ll probably feel too tired to exercise, be social or do a lot of the things you love.

Reducing your stress by taking time out to do something you find relaxing is a great starting point to making yourself feel better. This can be anything from taking a bath, meditation, gaming, indoor dancing, singing… you name it; if it works for you, it works!

4. Set Goals

Take the time every day to think about what you’d like to achieve. Then set yourself realistic goals for each day and keep track of your progress by writing down all your accomplishments. This can be as simple as finishing off a piece of work or tidying up (and we all know how challenging this can be!)

You’ll feel an enormous sense of accomplishment when you’ve ticked off everything on your list for the day.

The trick is to not get bogged down by the list; some days you won’t manage to get it all done and that’s OK too! We all have off days, maybe make a shorter list for the next day and see how you get on?

5. Help someone out

It’s amazing how much our confidence is boosted when we do selfless things. Helping somebody out is an indirectly amazing way to make you feel good about yourself!

This can be a friend, family member or even a classmate who is struggling with their work or having a tough time at school. You could give them some advice or just be there to listen to a problem.

Do one thing a week to help someone else without expecting anything in return.

6. Take a different perspective

Sometimes it feels too hard to start something, but if you look at tricky situations from alternative angles or through a more realistic lens, you’ll realize that you actually can do what you want – you just need to apply a bit more positivity!

Try to replace thoughts like ‘why should I bother?’ with ‘I won’t know unless I try’.

By doing this every time you have a negative thought, you’ll eventually default to this kind of positivity on the regular, and who doesn’t love a go-getter?

7. Try new things

Our brains are really good at learning new stuff and the more new stuff you learn, the better you get at learning it and the more likely you find things you can be passionate about.

Everyone needs a creative outlet; music, art, dance, games, sewing, cooking, web design – all you need to do is get on YouTube and find some tutorials. All the information you need is out there – it’s just waiting for you to watch it.

DM us on Instagram the best YouTube tutorial videos and let us know you were inspired by this article!


8. Surround yourself with people who make you feel good

Sometimes our friends don’t make us feel good, and that’s okay. You just need to spend your time with other people who appreciate and care about you more. This doesn’t even need to be your friends, but they could be family members, online friends or neighbours. If they’re making you feel good and you are being safe, you’ll

And those friends who aren’t helping your mood? Learn whether they are a toxic friend and think about trying to distance yourself from those people who make you feel bad about yourself.

It can be a little tricky at first, but even if they’re the most popular kid in school or the coolest person you know, it’s really not worth hanging out with them if they make you feel rubbish!

If you need help, we’ve written an article with 8 steps to help you break up with a toxic friend.

Strengthen friendships and relationships and you’ll most certainly feel better about things in the long run!

9. Accept yourself

Nobody is perfect. We all have issues and we all have flaws. Learn to accept your ‘flaws’ or imperfections and love them, because they are what make you unique. So, work it honey!

Self-acceptance is the key to feeling confident. When people pay you compliments, simply say ‘thanks’ rather than brushing them aside or countering them with a negative.

10. Keep visual reminders of things that make you feel good

Mementoes are a great way to see all the cool things you’ve been doing. How about making a ‘wall of fame’ in your bedroom with snaps of you and your friends and family?

We are living in an age where we have a camera in our pocket at all times… so take more pictures!

Capture those memorable moments and when you look back at them, you’ll realise how many awesome things you’ve done this year!


Do you have low self-esteem quiz?

It is completely normal to feel negative about yourself from time to time but if this feeling is long-lasting, then you may have low self-esteem. Picking up on the signs is important so you can build your confidence back up to where it should be.

Take this easy-to-complete quiz to find out if you need a bit of a boost…

The link doesn’t work? Try the quiz here: https://www.qzzr.com/c/quiz/410901/hows-your-self-esteem


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Self-Esteem & Confidence FAQs

What are three tips for improving your self-esteem?

Make sure to look after yourself, and find people who make you feel good and happy. Challenge any bad thoughts that come into your head. Understand the things triggering these bad thoughts and make changes to deal with them.

How do I build my confidence?

One of the ways to do this is to stop comparing yourself to other people, especially on social media apps like Instagram. Challenge your internal negative thoughts and try new things. Confidence will build from doing things just as much as learning about them.

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