Throughout the day, life bombards us with everything we do wrong and it takes its toll on our self-esteem. Try to fit in an appreciation break during the day to help regain some balance. Over at Change Your Thoughts Change Your Life, they suggest taking two minutes to focus on what you did right.
Sit down in a quiet place, take a deep breath and relax. Then simply ask yourself this question:
What are 3 things I can appreciate about myself?
It doesn't have to be only big things, it could just be that you are punctual or that you flossed this morning.
By doing so for just a little while day after day your perspective on yourself will start to change. And your reactions to situations and the thoughts that pop up during the rest of your day will also start to become self-kinder.
We've talked about focusing on gratitude before, but that's gratitude for what you have. This is gratitude for your accomplishments. While you hear everything you did wrong, it's nice to hear what you did right. You can write down your accomplishments if you wish, but I'm afraid someone might see the journal. I like this tip because the break is short and focused. If I have solid self-esteem, I'm less likely to focus on negative feedback.
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