Thinking highly of yourself is important to both your physical health and mental well-being. When you believe in yourself, you are more inclined to explore new opportunities, invest your energy into productive projects, make constructive lifestyle decisions, and sustain healthy relationships. Despite this fact, a large number of women continue to have low self-esteem in their private and professional lives. A lack of self-respect and a negative mindset could hinder your personal success. The wonderful news is that there are countless methods you can practice that will provide you with an understanding of how to think more highly of yourself.
10 ways to start thinking highly of yourself
#1 Start each day with a positive affirmation
Verbal affirmations when spoken or written to yourself have the power to alter your thoughts and behaviors in a positive way. They can transform your emotions, improve your attitude, and rewire your thinking patterns. An example of a positive affirmation would be, “I show up every day as who I want to be”.
#2 Take care of your body
There are numerous activities that can promote your physical health. Exercising regularly reduces stress, provides oxygen to your brain, relieves insomnia, and improves your overall mood. Begin to integrate athletic hobbies such as yoga or pilates into your daily routine and see how they positively impact your overall well-being.
#3 Express gratitude
Practicing gratitude is the simple act of showing an appreciation for life’s blessings. Consider starting a gratitude journal that you can write in for just a few minutes every day. Create a list of all that you are thankful for and let yourself be enveloped with feelings of peace and positivity.
#4 Believe in yourself
Do not fill your mind with self-doubt, for it will only hold you back from reaching your personal and professional goals. When you believe in yourself, you can conquer any insecurities and have the courage to achieve all of your wildest dreams. Have confidence in your own abilities and trust that you have what it takes to achieve success.
#5 Do not compare yourself to others
In the age of social media, it can be increasingly difficult to avoid romanticizing the lives of the friends or influencers we follow. Whether you are scrolling past a celebrity’s beachfront post from Mykonos, or a pal’s new luxury bag, you are really only seeing the “highlight reel” of their lives. Constantly analyzing how your life measures up to someone else’s is unhealthy (and a waste of energy).
#6 Spend time with more high-value women
You are the company you keep. Ultimately, this means that the character of your friends is oftentimes a reflection of your own. You do not want to risk being judged for the actions and behaviors of others, as it can negatively impact your reputation. We have all heard of the phrase “guilty by association”! Therefore, be wise with who you choose to spend your time with.
#7 Think highly of others
Make an active effort to speak kindly of others and celebrate their accomplishments. When a colleague informs you about her new promotion, be happy for her rather than indifferent or envious. Learn to rejoice at the news of others’ success. Thinking highly of oneself does not come without thinking highly of others.
#8 Exercise proper etiquette
Practicing good manners is a sign of respect for yourself and for others! An ample level of self-respect empowers you to have the confidence to establish firm boundaries. The application of appropriate etiquette indicates you have strong values and guarantees you appear refined and elegant in any given environment.
#9 Stimulate your mind
Challenge yourself to read one book per week about a subject that interests you. If you have too much on your plate, then listen to an educational podcast or audiobook on your daily commute. Increased cognitive stimulation will encourage you to learn how to think for yourself. Plus, spending your free time productively will make you feel more accomplished than binging a new Netflix series.
#10 Take pride in your appearance
Valuing your personal presentation is a true indication that you think highly of yourself and others. An elegant woman holds herself accountable to the highest of grooming standards on a daily basis. A fresh manicure, regular hair maintenance, and a quality wardrobe will ensure you feel confident the second you walk into any room.
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