5 Ways Healthy Self-Esteem Helps You Manage Stress

5 Ways Healthy Self-Esteem Helps You Manage Stress

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Your self-esteem is how you value yourself as an individual, your beliefs, and your capabilities. It’s that voice you hear when you feel you’re not good enough to do something. Interestingly enough, self-esteem has very little to do with talents or skills.

Those with a high self-esteem are usually the ones with positive characteristics. They are more capable of handling challenges that life throws their way. They know how to build strong relationships and aren’t afraid to be their own selves, regardless of what others think. People with high self-esteem recover from setbacks faster than those who only see the negative in everything.

They are well
equipped at handling stress, not because they have some mystery gene the rest
of us lack, but because they believe, in who they are and what they’re capable
of achieving.
Here are
five ways building up your self-esteem can help you manage stress:

1. Don’t
compare yourself to others
. At the workplace, at the gym, in magazines, on TV, on the
street – people are everywhere. In addition, we tend to only see what’s good in
everybody else and what’s lacking in ourselves. This causes an enormous amount
of stress and pressure on yourself. Instead of comparing yourself to everyone
else, remind yourself of all the positive qualities you have – you’ll end up
surprising yourself, and you’ll see yourself in a different light with more
positivity and pride.

2. Set
realistic goals
.
Be honest about your goals. The point of having goals and reaching them is to
make sure you have enough time to finish your work without sabotaging the
quality. If you have a heavy workload and your boss asks you to add some more,
be polite but firm. Learn to say ‘no’ without fearing the repercussions. By
clearly specifying your goals, you’re setting yourself up for success and a
boost in self-esteem. Once you’ve reached your goals, treat yourself to
something nice. It will boost your morale and help you plan your upcoming goals
on a high note with clarity and focus.

3. Work on your
body language
. Body
language is something we undermine completely. Bad posture is a direct
reflection of your mindset. If you find yourself not sitting properly, take a 5-minute
break, even if you remain seated. Just straighten your back, roll your
shoulders back, and take a deep breath. Also, maintain eye contact when
engaging your boss or a co-worker in conversation is crucial for healthy
self-esteem.

4. Emergency
stress stoppers
.
These are things you can do anytime you’re faced with a stressful situation.

Each one of them takes only a few
seconds but their benefits are immeasurable:

         
Count
to 10 slowly

         
Take
deep breaths

         
Excuse
yourself from the situation for any reason and explain you’ll handle it later

         
Set
your watch 10 minutes ahead

         
Break
down the problem into smaller parts, and tackle each one on its own

         
Do
something kind for someone else

         
Meditate
and learn how to be in the present and really take it all in

5. Find time to
do things you enjoy
. People who take time out for themselves on a regular basis, even if
it’s just five minutes each day, are calm and more in control of their emotions
and self-awareness. This is a great boost to their self-esteem. In addition,
relaxation techniques help lower cortisol and adrenaline levels.

Some examples may be:

         
Learn
something new

         
Connect
with friends, family and neighbors

         
Be
physically active

         
Seek
out a new hobby, or rekindle your love for an old one

         
Get
a massage

         
Read
a book

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.

Rod Stone
Author,
Publisher and Supplier of Healthy Living information and products to improve
your life.

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