February marks International Boost Your Self-Esteem Month. Simply put, it means this month should be dedicated to boosting your overall mental wellness by focussing on self-esteem, self-worth and self-confidence. We know it’s not always easy to put yourself first, but there’s never been a better time to do so.
For those who might not know, self-esteem can be defined as how you feel about yourself as a person. Importantly, it is not always stable. Whilst some people may feel that they always have high self-esteem or low self-esteem, it is also completely normal to oscillate between the two.
Boosting Self-Esteem: Top Tips
It's not always easy finding ways to look after your mental health. It sometimes takes a lot of time and effort to realise that you deserve the best in life. However, there are some simple tricks that can help you on the road to achieving high self-esteem, as well as becoming healthier both physically and mentally.
Avoid Negative Self-Talk
We all have a little voice in our head that is constantly talking to us. Sometimes your internal monologue can be positive, motivating you to reach your goals or reminding you that you have done a good job. However, when this voice becomes too critical, it can be extremely harmful to your own self-esteem and mental health.
Negative thinking can take many different forms. The voice may appear to provide a “realistic” take on life (e.g. “I don’t think I can do this because I have tried and failed before”) or it can simply be overtly destructive (e.g. “I can never do anything right”). Rumination and self-blame over stressful life events is one way that this self-talk can contribute to depression, anxiety, and a variety of other mental health conditions.
Combat your inner critic by reminding yourself that their words do not always reflect reality. Equally, regard them as an entity separate from yourself that is simply commentating but you do not always need to listen to.
Work On Loving Yourself
All too often we focus on our flaws, but what about our strengths and great attributes? Especially if you are fighting depression, this is certainly not easy to think positively. When you are in a mental health struggle, your natural tendency will always be to obsess about what you are doing wrong in life. Beyond causing low self-esteem, in serious cases, such negative thoughts can slowly transform into suicidal thoughts.
There are various things you need to work on in order to encourage self-love:
- Stop comparing yourself to others.
- Do not worry about other people’s opinions (at least the ones that do not matter i.e. opinions outside of your close friends and family).
- Remind yourself that making mistakes is okay.
- Put yourself first!
REMEMBER: just like our physical body, our mind is something that needs to be trained and looked after. Achieving healthy self-esteem will take time and effort but it can be done, no matter where you are starting from.
Another way to improve your mental health is to stay active! No matter how busy you are, try at least taking a walk each day. Taking care of yourself physically is just as important as taking care of yourself mentally, so exercise whenever you can.
Staying active releases endorphins which make us happier and healthier. Exercise can help you sleep better, feel more energetic throughout the day, and boost your overall mood. By relieving tension and stress, it can also be used to counteract anxiety. Ultimately, all the health benefits of exercise create the perfect mental bedrock for positive self-esteem to grow.
Incorporating CBD Into Your Daily Ritual
As part of your mission to build positive new habits this International Boost Self-Esteem Month, why not also try incorporating CBD into your daily ritual? Cannabidiol (CBD) supports general wellbeing and thus is the perfect supplement to a healthy mindset, an active lifestyle, and a varied and balanced diet.
In addition to the wellness-promoting health benefits of the compound, introducing CBD into your life will help you switch up your daily routine, ensuring that it does not become stale.
To help get you started on your CBD journey, here are some CBD products that are perfect for beginners:
Love Hemp CBD Infused Body Salve, 300mg CBD, RRP £19.99
Nurture your mental wellness with this relaxing, moisture-rich body salve. Made with a raw coconut oil base and infused with beeswax and essential oils, this deep conditioning cream is ideal for soothing dry and irritated skin.
We recommend daily use for baby-soft skin.
2020 Botanics CBD Capsules, 1500mg, RRP £22.99
Experience everyday CBD goodness with 2020 Botanics 1500mg capsules. Each easy-to-swallow capsule contains the exact concentration of premium hemp extract – perfect for getting your daily dose on the go.
Start by taking one capsule (30mg) per day, then increase as required. Do not exceed the recommended daily dose of 70mg.
Love Hemp CBD Oil in Valencia Orange, RRP £49.99
Grab life by the leaf with a little help from CBD oil. Bursting with vibrant, fruity flavours, Love Hemp’s Valencia Orange CBD oil will transport you into the hustle and bustle of Venice’s fresh fruit stalls. This premium CBD extract has been carefully blended with coconut extracted MCT oil and comes in a range of delicious flavours.
Just drop it directly under your tongue, and you’re ready to go.
Love Hemp CBD Dark Chocolate Balls, 50mg, RRP £4.99
Experience CBD with a touch of indulgence. Love Hemp’s smooth dark chocolate balls are perfect for those who want that CBD fix on the go and without the natural, earthy flavour.
These luxurious chocolate balls are made with 64% cocoa and infused with premium CBD.
Try these tasty sweet treats today.
All of the products listed above are gluten-free, THC-free and suitable for vegans. So what are you waiting for?
During International Boost Self-Esteem Month, we want you to re-assess how you think about yourself and change the way that you approach life. The road to overcoming low self-esteem and boosting self-confidence begins now.