How To Feel Good About Yourself Using These 16 Strategies

If you’ve ever wondered how to feel good about yourself, this article is for you.

A series of setbacks can make it hard for anyone to stay positive. However, you need to constantly remember that you are responsible for your decisions and that you need to make sure that you respect the kind of person you want to be, your character, and the life you lead.

Sometimes, all it takes to feel better in your own skin and in your own life is to change your perspective.

How To Feel Good About Yourself:

1. Highlight the qualities you like about yourself.

We all need reminders of the wonderful qualities of our personalities, and it’s easy to forget or underestimate ourselves. Are you a joyful person? Are you a person who cares about others? Do you value the people in your life, whether they are relatives or friends? You can write everything down in a journal.

2. Remember to be kind to yourself.

Well-being starts with positive emotions, but it’s too easy to focus on the bad rather than the positive elements of our lives. Give yourself a 24-hour window to experiment with how you treat yourself.

Make a note of how many times you talk to yourself during the day. At the end of the day, take a look at the negative words you directed at yourself. Make a new list, putting all those negative comments in a positive light.

Imagine you lost your keys this morning and your first reaction was to call yourself a fool. In your list, you might rephrase that thought as follows: “I’m not a moron. I am the type of person who makes mistakes. “

3. Give yourself something good.

Try to take care of yourself regularly. Life is hard, and taking care of yourself will inspire you to be kind to others. In many cases, how we treat ourselves reflects how we treat others. Starting with yourself, if you treat yourself with kindness every day, showing the same compassion to others will become more natural.

Make an effort to visit your favorite restaurant or eat your favorite dessert. It can be something as simple as a haircut or a massage.

4. Take care of your body.

It is easier to show compassion to others when you treat yourself with respect and care. Set yourself some simple goals to take care of your body. It’s not about drastically changing your lifestyle, but rather making a modest effort to show your body and yourself that you care about yourself. 

If you don’t do much exercise, set a goal of walking for at least 10 minutes every day.

Analyze your nutrition and health to see what simple changes you can make to improve your health. Suppose you eat fast food more than three times a week. You can set a goal of eating fast food only once a week.

5. Create a list of compassion goals.

Think of it as a hunt for kindness. At the end of the day, as you tick off the goals you want to accomplish, pay attention to how you feel. Did helping another person make you feel good? Did it make you feel better in your own skin?

Set a goal, for example, to smile at a stranger at least twice a day.

Another goal might be to find someone who needs help with a job, such as moving or painting a house, and offer to help them, or to comfort someone who is going through a difficult time in their life.

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6. Be active in your local community.

Giving back and being active in your community is a fantastic way to feel good in your own skin and in your life. There are many people in the world who need help. Nothing makes you feel better than knowing that you have helped someone in need.

Volunteering in the community is a great way to give back. Shelters, animal shelters, youth groups, and cooperatives are just some of the opportunities.

7. Set reasonable goals.

Having reasonable expectations (1) is an important part of feeling good about yourself and satisfied with your life. Your problems, as much as your great qualities, shape who you are.

Everyone has difficulties, makes mistakes, and is sometimes disappointed. Accepting yourself as you are will improve your self-esteem and life satisfaction.

8. Make a list of your distinguishing features.

Since you have little control over most of your physical attributes, freeing yourself from unattainable expectations is a great way to start feeling good in your own skin. Try to see yourself as the unique person that you are. Make a journal entry about your physical peculiarities and how they contribute to who you are.

You can also create a collage showing all the people you know and respect who have benefited from your individuality.

9. Keep a journal of your interests.

What you do in life can affect your self-esteem and life satisfaction. Start a journal where you write about your passions. The more you can balance your responsibilities with activities you enjoy, the more satisfied you will be with your life.

For example, you may enjoy making movies. Schedule screenings for friends or upload your work to YouTube.

Perhaps your passion is bicycles. If you can’t work full-time fixing bikes, turn it into a hobby and dedicate yourself to it.

10. Give your best and accept it.

It is imperative that you do your best in a given situation, but remember that the best does not always equate to a flawless outcome. Nothing has to be perfect to be great. This is a great way to boost your self-esteem. You can relax if you know you gave it your all.

Suppose you were supposed to give a presentation at work and you woke up with a terrible cold. Perhaps you weren’t feeling your best and the presentation didn’t go as well as you had hoped.

Instead of getting negative, ask yourself an honest question: did you give your best given the circumstances-with a blocked nose and foggy mind? If the answer is yes, let it go and give up on your dreams of a flawless presentation. Even under these conditions, the presentation could be fantastic.

Accepting and letting go is often easier said than done. An honest assessment of the circumstances is the most important step to freeing yourself from disappointment or annoyance. You may fear that you won’t be promoted because you didn’t give your best during the presentation.

However, an honest appraisal of the circumstances would require you to acknowledge that the promotion depends on your entire performance, not just one presentation. Simply accept that those present knew you were not feeling well and probably gave you more slack than you gave yourself. 

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11. Learn from failures.

Keep a positive attitude. Instead of dwelling on failures, think about what you learned from them and how you can use them in the future.

Let’s say you are very attracted to someone. You finally get the courage to ask this person out, but she refuses. It’s normal to be disappointed, but let go of the notion that just because you wanted a date doesn’t mean you’ll get one. Instead, think about the fact that you had the courage to ask someone out and use that as an exercise for next time.

Another example might be a job interview. You thought the interview went well, but you were not accepted for the position. Give up hope of getting the job and use this as an opportunity to hone your interviewing skills in preparation for your next interview.

Keep a journal of things that didn’t go as planned, so you can figure out why they didn’t happen and how you can improve in the future. For example, you may have turned down a job due to low pay, failing to recognize that it offered an opportunity for skill development. Instead of lamenting your past behaviors, focus on being more cooperative, persistent, and grateful for the skills you are acquiring.

12. Express gratitude

Gratitude for everything in life, even the difficulties, is a good way to maintain a flexible, joyful attitude. Every day, make a list of 10 things you are grateful for.

If you find yourself feeling down, tell yourself to quickly remind yourself of the 10 things you are grateful for. Keep the list handy so you have a viable reminder in case of negative thoughts.

13. Strive for growth rather than perfection.

If you want to feel good about yourself and your life, you need to remember that both you and your life are works in progress. If you are growing or trying to grow, you are doing what is right for you and your life.

The more you motivate yourself to progress, the more you will convince yourself that you deserve to feel great.

14. Make a list of qualities you would like to have.

Make a list of qualities and characteristics that you consider important in your journal. Make an extra effort every day to try to be the kind of person you would like to see in your life.

You can achieve value and happiness in your goals by thoroughly understanding who you want to become and the importance of progressing towards excellence.

15. Stay away from negative people.

Move away from difficult relationships to see if they help or hinder your well-being. To boost your self-esteem, you need to surround yourself with people who believe in you, make you feel valuable and lift you up.

If you feel that you are surrounded by negative people, ask yourself if they are really right for you. You may need to talk to others about how they treat you and how that makes you feel.

It’s up to you to choose who you want in your life, and creating a strong support system made up of positive, encouraging people is a great way to boost your self-esteem and feel good about yourself.

16. Say compliments to yourself.

Pat yourself on the back and acknowledge all your positive qualities. If your goal for the day was to smile at two strangers, which you accomplished, praise yourself for spreading happiness.

On any given day, you never know who might need a smile. Make sure you recognize the value you bring to the world (2) and build yourself up in a realistic, flexible way.

I want to thank you for taking the time to read my article about how to feel good about yourself. I sincerely hope its contents have been a good help to you.

Przemkas Mosky
Przemkas Mosky started Perfect 24 Hours in 2017. He is a Personal Productivity Specialist, blogger and entrepreneur. He also works as a coach assisting people to increase their motivation, social skills or leadership abilities. Read more here