Self-criticism...one of my worst enemies. An enemy which can bring frustration, anger, isolation and eventually depression if it really persists. So let's stop it with a two step process! First step is recognition. As soon as you hear yourself becoming self critical and putting yourself down, recognise it and say 'stop' inside your head. Second step is … Continue reading Boost of the Day #82: Be nice to yourself
I love Ed Sheeran mostly because his lyrics are beautiful and meaningful. Turns out he both sings and speaks a lot of sense! He recognised his own style of music and didn't do what others were doing. He was so unique and different that millions of people fell in love with both his music and him. Doesn't this … Continue reading Boost of the day #33: Ed Sheeran
"Nolite te bastardes carborundorum" "Don't let the bastards grind you down" This is my favourite quote from The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood and it seems particularly fitting to use it now. When people treat you badly, that has nothing to do with you and everything to do with them and their issues. We all … Continue reading Boost of the day #28: Nolite te bastardes carborundorum
One tip I've frequently read on boosting self-esteem is to do something charitable, particularly volunteering. This makes a lot of sense as bringing happiness to others will inevitably make you feel like you've given something good to the world and that you have something to offer people. If you don't have time to volunteer, you … Continue reading Boost of the day #27: Make others happy
I remember being particular negative about myself one counselling session, and she said to me, 'would you say that to a friend or your mum?'. It was a real kick up the bum to make me realise how harsh I was being towards myself. It has always worked for me since this moment to think, … Continue reading Boost of the day #25: Ban the negative self-talk
Let's be honest, how many times have we agreed to something when we'd rather have politely declined? Can you pop to the post office for me? Yes Can you wash up the dishes tonight? Yes Will you come to the park with me? Yes Will you pick me up after work? Yes And so it … Continue reading Boost of the day #24: Yes man
One way to corrode your self-esteem is to believe that you should be like everyone else. On some level, you are probably thinking that what you really are is not good enough. So you become a sheep. You pretend to like the same music as your friends, to enjoy the same movies, to share the same … Continue reading Boost of the day #23: feeling sheepish?