5 Ways to Boost Your Self-Esteem

February 23, 2015

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Since February is National Boost Your Self Esteem Month, here are five tips to help you keep your head high during these cold winter days!


1. Exercise. Not only is exercise physically healthy for you, but it also will keep your confidence high. Thirty minutes of aerobic exercise will release beta-endorphins that increase feelings of well being, and lower levels of cortisol, which will lower your stress and anxiety. The Hamel Recreation Center is a great place to exercise here at UNH! It has courts for various sports, an indoor track, a fitness center with over one hundred stations, an aerobics studio, a bouldering wall, and much more.

2. Light therapy. Did you know appointments at Health Services with light therapy lamps are free to university employees and students? Light therapy is used to treat Seasonal Affective Disorder by exposure to artificial light. Seasonal Affective Disorder, or “the winter blues”, is a type of depression that occurs a certain time each year, usually in the fall or winter. Go to Health Services to learn more and make an appointment!

3. Eat well. Make sure to eat foods that are healthy and will nourish your body. Eating healthy well-balanced meals will make sure you don’t feel stuffed and tired. All the Dining Halls on campus offer tons of healthy options every day!

4. Get involved. Getting involved in any organization will help you get a sense of purpose and improve your overall quality of life. UNH has over 300 organizations to join. Check out Wildcat Link today to see what interests you!

5. Focus on you. How you feel about yourself is the most important thing! Stop being too hard on yourself. Don’t compare yourself to others, and instead focus on the best you can be. Focus on your positive qualities rather than your negative ones.

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