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Build A Positive Self-Image

A Positive Self-Image is important for mental and emotional well-being. It leads to greater self-confidence, self-esteem, and resilience. On the other hand, a negative self-image contributes to feelings of inadequacy, low self-worth, and self-doubt.

As with most changes in the way we think and feel, there is no quick fix to improving self-image. The good news is that there are things you can do!

Try the exercises below to give yourself a boost in self-image.

List 10 Things You Love About Yourself

  • This is a simple exercise, but one that can be very powerful.

  • All you need to do is list 10 things you love about yourself! This can be harder than it seems.

  • Actively seeking out the positive in yourself will make it much easier to see yourself in a positive light.

If you reach 10 and have more to list, keep writing them down! It won’t hurt to have extra things to love about yourself.

List 5 Achievements of Which You Are Proud

  • Write down at least 5 things you're proud of.

  • Achievement can be enormous (ie. winning a national tournament) OR little (passing a test).

  • Reminding yourself of your abilities and challenging yourself to overcome obstacles is more important than the achievement itself.

  • Write lengthy accounts of each accomplishment to build self-esteem.

List 3 Occasions Where You Overcame Adversity.

  • Adversity can range from institutional and structural, like gender or racial inequality, to personal, like anxiety or despair.

  • Record each of these 3 events to remind yourself of your power, perseverance, and potential.

Repeat if you can think of more than 3 times till you run out of things to write about.

List 50 Things You Appreciate About Your Life

  • This is the biggest and possibly the most time and effort intensive, but it’s worth it.

  • This exercise can change your self-esteem, perspective, and self-image.

  • Although gratitude is a great thing to work on experiencing more often, this list goes beyond gratitude to appreciation.

  • Appreciating how you've benefited from wonderful things in your life makes it easy and natural to feel grateful and optimistic about yourself and your life.

  • Sharing appreciation is vital. Feel free to share that appreciation with those on your list.

  • Commit to sharing your appreciation more often as you go forward.

  • Remember how lucky you are and how many excellent things you have in your life will help you establish and maintain a positive self-image.

If you have more than 50 ideas, keep listing until you run out of ideas.

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