Boost Your Self-Esteem in Less Than an Hour

In honor of February being National Boost Your Self-Esteem Month, here are some quick and easy tricks to get an instant pick-me-up!

Smile: It’s natural, it’s easy, and it’s free! Smiling not only brings a positive light to others, but smiling can also be an instant mood changer! When we smile, we release endorphins and change the blood flow in our brains, which make us feel happier. Next time you need an instant self-esteem boost, try showing those pearly whites!

Compliment yourself: Although we are constantly complimenting others on their success, we often times forget to compliment ourselves. Even the smallest of compliments can be an instant pick-me-up and there is a wide range of things of positive things you can say. Saying something as simple as, “I’m having a great hair day” or “I did a great job on the math exam” or “I’m so proud that I ran an extra mile at the gym” can instantly increase your mood and give you an instant self-esteem boost!

Write down your unique and positive qualities: When you think of yourself, what comes to mind? Are you caring? Artistic? Athletic? Kind hearted? Whatever it may be, write it down! Seeing those encouraging words on something concrete rather than only thinking them can make them seem more real to yourself. Go a step further by writing down all of these qualities individually on post-it notes and stick them all around your dorm, apartment or house to constantly be reminded of the unique individual you are! 

For more information and ways to boost your self-esteem, check out this article by the Huffington Post or the National Association for Self-Esteem website!