When our self-esteem is higher, we are more resilient and feel better as well. From medical point of view, high esteem leads to less production of cortisol in the bloodstream. But our self-esteem fluctuates daily. Low self-esteem is not a physical disorder but it stifles the creativity, self-expression and joy of simply being oneself. It leads to comparing oneself negatively with others.
9 Ways to Boost Your Self-Esteem
In Ayurveda, there are various herbs that can help in boosting self-esteem such as Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) and Gotukola (Centella asiatica). Brahmi helps in balancing the mind. Ashwagandha stabilizes the mind and Gotukola helps in managing stress. These herbs have the affinity for the nervous system as they calm the mind, reduce stress, lift the spirits and build confidence. These are also considered as excellent herbs for poor concentration and calm the agitated and frustrated mind.
2. Have a positive attitude
A positive mindset gives you more confidence, improves the mood and reduces the likelihood of developing health conditions such as hypertension, depression and other stress related issues. Positive attitude boosts your self-confidence, helps in better coping of skills during the hardships and times of stress and promotes better psychological and physical well-being.
3. Turn failures into lessons
Everybody makes mistakes and experiences failures in multiple contexts. Instead of worrying about your failures, turn them into lessons. The sooner we stop shaming our failures, the easier it will be to turn them into our advantage. In every mistake, there is a potential for growth so try to learn from the mistakes and improve them.
4. Listen to your body
We should focus on improving the inner being rather than focusing on outward appearance more. Our body is constantly telling us what it needs, when to take rest etc. Don’t ignore the body signals. Keep your body well-fed with the energy. Food should not be an excuse for dealing with your feelings. Don’t over-burden yourself with work when you’re exhausted.
5. Make sure you eat right
According to Ayurveda, natural fruits are considered sattvic in nature. As they are sattvic, they affect the mind too and make it positive, calm and relaxed. The natural food is digested quickly and creates ojas. Ojas is the by-product of healthy digestion which makes you emotionally sound and physically strong whereas processed or refined foods are rajsik in nature which makes the mind dull and full of negative thoughts.
6. Focus on the Present
Most sources of negative thoughts stem from a memory or worrying about future. So, in order to boost self-esteem, it is helpful to harness our attention and focus on the present moment. By living in the present moment, you become more productive, your concentration level increases, you are more open to learning and you feel more happier, calmer and filled with positivity.
7. Don’t be ashamed to talk to friends
For boosting self-esteem, it is very important to talk to our close friends who we feel will listen to us. They can guide us better so that we can improve ourselves.
8. Learn to say No and become more Assertive
People having low esteem often find it hard to stand up for themselves. They can become over-burdened as they do not like to refuse anyone anything. This can increase stress. Developing assertiveness can help to improve your self-esteem.
9. Take on Challenges
People who face self-esteem often avoid challenging situations. One of the ways to improve self-esteem is to take on a challenge. Taking challenge doesn’t mean that you need to do everything yourself, you can take the help of other people for completing the challenging tasks.
Useful Tips to Boost Self-Esteem
- Try to sleep before 10 p.m. as getting enough rest is important for mental health and wake up before the rising sun as waking late affects the srotas or channels of communication which can create dullness of mind and bad mood.
- Make Yoga and Meditation as an essential part of your daily regimen.
- Doing exercise helps in the release of positive neurohormones which elevate the mood.
- Include fresh fruits in the diet instead of taking processed foods.
This article is not a substitute to the standard Medical Diagnosis or personalized Ayurvedic Treatment! It is intended only for Information!
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