6 Ways To Boost Self Esteem
We’ve all experienced un-ease in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and to a degree, it’s knocked our self esteem.
One area where this is highly noticeable is how we interact with those outside of our own homes. After more than a year of strict social distancing and lockdown protocols throughout much of the world, we’re going to have to re-learn to live in a society that remains wary of others – well for the short term at least.
If you’re ready to get back out there, build more confidence and boost your self esteem, USANA, Perfect Health Supplements has some tips on how to make sure that you are mentally and emotionally ready for an experience that’s been taboo since March, 2020.
Reduce stress at work
It doesn’t matter if you’ve been working remotely for the past two years—work stress is on the rise. Working from home creates a whole new breed of anxiety issues, including questions about whether you can take care of your family while also meeting your career obligations.
You can do things, like using a weighted blanket, to calm your senses while you work or sleep. Weighted blankets utilize deep touch pressure to release serotonin, which triggers a sense of relaxation and can lower stress hormone levels.
Get control of your finances
Even if you’re receiving financial relief as part of the American Rescue Plan, there are many lingering effects of pandemic job losses. Money-related issues are a major cause of stress throughout the world. But there are ways that you can regain control of your personal economics.
One idea is to refinance your home. Refinancing can help you lower your interest rate. This will result in lower monthly mortgage payments. You can also look for other ways to reduce your monthly expenses, including eating at home more often or carpooling if you have a long commute.
Another method of increasing your income is to start your own business. If you’ve always dreamed of being your own boss and owning your own business, now may be the perfect time to try. If you don’t know where to begin, you can use this guide on how to start a company to get started. It will walk you through some of the major considerations you’ll need to account for when getting a venture off the ground.
Start with small gatherings
Getting together for social events is one of the best things you can do for your emotional well-being. Socialization fosters a sense of security and community and helps you to strengthen bonds with those you love. But after being conditioned to stay away from crowds, you might want to start small.
Host a gathering at home with people that you love and trust. Ideally, you’ll have a backyard area set up so you can be well ventilated. However, in case of rain, only those who’ve been vaccinated should gather indoors without a mask.
Taking good care of yourself is arguably one of the best ways to improve your overall self-confidence.
This is especially true if you’re struggling with body image issues from gaining the dreaded “COVID 19,” which is like the “freshman 15” but has to do with missing the gym and stress eating during lockdowns. PRNewsWire asserts that more than half of people in a recent survey admit to feeling negatively about their bodies in recent months.
A few small measures, such as getting a massage, taking a quick weekend trip, or even buying a new outfit, will make you feel better about any physical changes you’ve experienced because of the pandemic. Another great option is to get a dog! Shelters are filled with loveable companions in need of a home, and getting them a comfortable bed ensures you’ll have a pal (and workout buddy) for life.
Supplement your nutrition
If you’re like many Americans, your wellness habits have suffered some during the pandemic. This is especially true of your nutrition. If you’ve struggled to maintain healthy eating habits, take a look at what supplemental nutrition offerings are available. USANA have a host of products available to help you make sure you’re getting the vitamins and minerals you need to live your healthiest.
Change your look
There are some things about your looks that you may not like, but there are others that you can control that you may love. A new hairstyle, for example, can make you feel good and complement your personal style. You can also change the way you wear your makeup or buy a new pair of shoes in a color you’ve never considered.
Another idea here is to paint the walls at home and rearrange the furniture. Your space has a significant impact on how you feel and can affect your mood. When you’re in a better mood, you’re likely to feel more confident going out into the world.
It’s going to take some time for society to get back to “normal.” However, while you can’t change how others react to the lingering effects of a global crisis, you can re-frame your thinking so that you re-enter the world happy, healthy, and ready for whatever comes next. From relieving stress to simply taking good care of yourself, the quick tips listed above can help.
Good luck, be kind and remember, we’re all in this together and will come out shining.