For those who were already struggling with low confidence and poor self-esteem, the COVID-19 crisis must have been incredibly hard to go through. In what feels like a blink of an eye, many of our comforts were stripped away from us—seeing our friends regularly, going to work or school, and making us all the more uncertain about our future. This is why now more than ever, we need to find ways to care for ourselves and boost our confidence and self-esteem. Here are some self-care activities and treatments that you can look into this 2021—because you deserve to feel good about yourself.
Multiple studies have shown the negative effects of acne on one’s self-esteem, but we don’t need social scientists to tell us about it when we live with it day-to-day. While there is no hard and fast rule about how to get rid of acne since we all have different skin and thus, different needs, you will certainly benefit from finally seeing a dermatologist this year. If you have been putting off consulting with a professional with your skin problems, let 2021 finally be the year you get some answers and solutions.
The study also found that only a minority of people with skin problems seek professional help, and effective treatment significantly boosts and improves patients’ self-esteem. Do your skin a favor and take the step of consulting with a dermatologist on your quest to clear skin.
Never underestimate the power of good teeth to make you feel better about yourself. Studies show that dental disorders harm adolescents’ self-esteem and thus their quality of life. The good news is that poor self-esteem and confidence can be reversed if the factors that affect it are external, such as misaligned or crooked teeth.
Consider getting braces this year to finally address your crooked teeth. Having straight teeth is more than just about the cosmetic value; it will also help improve your confidence to face people, take on big tasks, and your relationships with others as well. Having braces need not be an unpleasant experience; consider exploring other kinds, like unique golden braces. The right kind of braces can be aesthetically-pleasing and elegant and will look good not just after the treatment, but during it as well.
Minding your posture
Have you ever felt insecure about your posture? If yes, you’re not alone: For years, researchers have found a powerful correlation between our posture and mood. This is because feeling like we’re taller can help make us feel more confident while spending long hours on our smartphone can help us feel more depressed. To correct your posture, try the following:
- Get into yoga or pilates. These workouts can help strengthen your abs or core muscles, improves the alignment of your spine, helps you become more mindful of your posture throughout the day, and enhances your flexibility.
- Mind your office ergonomics. Make sure that your monitor or screen is always at eye level, that your keyboard and mouse are on the same level to keep your wrist comfortable, that your chair has numerous settings for different seated postures, and that your feet can reach the floor.
- Do some gentle stretching throughout your workday. Take short walks around your house during breaks, and after meals.
Building something of value
Valuable things don’t just mean starting a lucrative business, making a lot of money, or inventing something that can change the world; building something of value can also mean taking beautiful photographs, traveling the world, or raising a family.
What are your goals and mission in life? What adds value to your days? One way to truly help build your confidence and self-esteem up is knowing your passions, what you want out of life, and how you can be of service to others. Whether it’s building houses with Habitat for Humanity or making money to be able to support various advocacies, find out what is most important to you beyond yourself and find ways to achieve those goals.
In some cases, no amount of self-care or treatment can address deep-seated confidence and self-esteem issues. If you have experienced painful or traumatic events that caused you to constantly second-guess yourself or see yourself as valuable, consider seeking the help of a mental health professional to help you sort it out.
You Are Enough
At the end of the day, living with poor self-esteem and confidence is no way to live. Who you are is already enough; don’t let external things determine your worth. Know your value from the inside and the rest will follow.