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10 Easy Ways to Feel Better About Yourself

Updated on November 7, 2015

Maybe you have had a bad day or maybe the whole week went bad. Whatever the reason, you are looking for a few easy ways to start feeling good about yourself right now.

1. Soak Your Feet

You have been on your feet all day. When you finally get home, you are tired, frazzled, and just plain old beat. Take a few minutes to pamper yourself and reenergize. Give yourself a foot bath. You can purchase an inexpensive foot bath that bubbles and vibrates, but all you really need is some hot water and epsom salts in a tub large enough to put both feet into. Soak your feet for a good 10 to 15 minutes, pat your feet dry, and you are ready to begin the second half of your day.


2. Write a Letter

When was the last time you sat down and hand wrote a letter? Writing a letter to someone you love, care about, or who you’ve known most of your life is a surprisingly simple way to sit back, reflect, and relax. What’s more, the person receiving the letter will love it. I mean, there is something wonderfully magical about getting a handwritten letter in the mail.

3. Stop With the Could Haves

Could have, should have, would have, but didn’t. Why waste your time rummaging through this mental debris? If there was something you wish you would have done, but the opportunity passed, file the knowledge away for later. Next time you can make the right move, but for now you need to let go and move on. Make new plans for tomorrow, next week, and the indefinite future. Don’t torture yourself with the past because it cannot be changed.


4. Your To-Do List

To-do lists are not only a great way to keep track of what you need to do, they are also a great way to keep track of what you have done. If you don’t already have a to-do list, create one. Write down all the large and small projects you need to do. Whenever you need to feel better about yourself, tackle one of the items on your to-do list. When you are done you will get to scratch that item off your list and you will feel a sense of accomplishment.

5. Don’t Compare Yourself to Others

Who cares what other people are doing, wearing, or traveling to on vacation. You don’t need to compare yourself to them. You have your own life to live and it is way too short to be wasted on jealousy or moaning about not being like so-and-so.

6. Wall of Achievement

Create a wall of achievement. Write a list of all the things you have achieved in your life and pin it up on the wall or cork board. Frame all of your certifications from grade school on up and hang them on your wall. Find free online courses, take them, and print off the certification of completion to hang up, too. Make it your own personal wall of accomplishment that you can turn to and add to whenever the need arises.

7. Face an Immediate Fear

Avoiding something because of fear can weigh you down, depress you, and make you want to curl up into a non responsive ball of ugh. The quickest way to deal with a fear is to just face it. A person avoiding a debt collector will push off having to face the inevitable: working with the collector to make a reasonable payment plan. It is not fun to do and most people have been there at least once in their life. If you’ve been dreading it, then it is time to face it. Make the call and get it done. You will feel so much better afterwards.


8. Dismiss Insults

Most insults thrown at you during the day can be dismissed. Don’t worry over them or let them affect you. Consider who the insult came from. Was the other person having a bad day and just passing the ill feeling along to the next person? Did the insult come from someone who loves you, but was acting out for some unknown reason? Did the insult come from a boss or co-worker? Were they overstressed or was there some merit to the insult? If there was merit, how can you correct the problem?

9. Reduce Your Wants Down to Needs

We all want things: a bigger television, a newer car, or a huge house. What do you really need, though, to live happily and comfortably? A roof over your head, food and refreshment, the company of a soul mate? You probably already have everything you need to live. Take inventory of it and be thankful that you are so fortunate. Stop wanting the biggest, the newest, the baddest gadget, toy, or accessory out there because it is a never ending game played on consumers to get them to want, want, want, and never be satisfied. Break free of the spending frenzy and learn to love what you already have.

10. Keep Pushing Forward

When the going gets tough, the tough push onward and upward. Don’t give up just because things don’t seem to be going your way. Instead, take a step back and refocus. Take a walk around the block to ditch the stress or do some jumping jacks. Then dive back into what you are working on. If something isn’t working, take a different approach. Look to your main goal and, if you haven’t broken it down into steps already, do that now. See all the steps you have already accomplished to reach your goal and tackle the next step on the list.


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      Larry Rankin 17 months ago from Oklahoma

      I suffer from low self esteem. I'll have to put some of these tips in practice.

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