How Do You Improve Your Self-Esteem?

HealthyPlace Mental Health Newsletter

Here's what's happening on the HealthyPlace site this week:

Improving Your Self-Esteem Can Be Challenging

Improving your self-esteem takes consciousness and consistent work. You have to be constantly aware of the negative voices in your head that are killing your self-esteem and self-confidence. Then, says Emily Roberts, MA, author of the "Building Self-Esteem" blog, you have to counteract those negative thoughts.

In last week's HealthyPlace Mental Health Newsletter, we discussed 3 ways to raise your self-esteem.

  1. Recognize and deal with negative thoughts
  2. Journaling to keep track of negative thinking and mentioning positive things about yourself
  3. Associating with positive people who are supportive of you

More Ideas on How to Improve Your Self-Esteem

How Do You Improve Your Self-EsteemThere are other things you can do to improve your self-esteem. One is visual re-enforcement.

Learn how to soothe and nurture yourself. When feeling overwhelmed or negative about yourself, it's important to know how to calm yourself down and balance those negative thoughts. Meditation can help with that.

Redefine failure. Not everything you do will bring positive results. Not having a positive outcome or multiple positive outcomes doesn't mean you are a "complete failure." It's important to learn to reframe negative experiences. That concept brings to mind this Thomas Edison quote: "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."

Improving your self-esteem takes time. It's not something that can be accomplished overnight. If you're just starting out, set small goals (write them down) and take steps to accomplish those goals. Keep track of your progress. As your self-esteem improves, you'll be amazed by how much better you are starting to feel.

(P.S. Check out the "Living A Blissful Life" blog by Dr. Sydney Savion. Each week, Dr. Savion provides concrete steps on how to bring good things into your life.)

Your Thoughts

Today's Question: When it comes to your mental health, what have you viewed as "impossible," yet you overcame it? We invite you to participate by commenting and sharing your feelings, experiences and knowledge on the HealthyPlace Facebook page.

Help Spread Awareness of Mental Illness

Get Our Mental Health Blog Widget

Over 370 sites and blogs are helping spread awareness of mental illness. How about putting our mental health blogs widget on your website, blog or social page? The latest HealthyPlace blog headlines appear as soon as the articles are posted on our site. Just click "Get Widget" at the bottom of the widget, grab the embed code and paste it into your page. You'll also see embed links for Wordpress, Blogger, Linkedin and other social sites there.

As a bonus, put the blogs widget on your site or blog, email us (info AT with a page link where it appears, and we'll give a shoutout to your site, blog, or social site on our Facebook and Twitter pages.


Share our Stories

At the top and bottom of all our stories, you'll find social share buttons for Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Pinterest and other social sites. If you find a particular story, video, psychological test or other HealthyPlace feature helpful, there's a good chance others in need will too. Please share.

We also get many inquiries about our linking policy. If you have a website or blog, you can link to any page on the HealthyPlace website without asking us beforehand.

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Most Popular HealthyPlace Articles Shared by Facebook Fans

Here are the top 3 mental health articles HealthyPlace Facebook fans are recommending you read:

  1. Workaholic Definition: The Meaning of Workaholic
  2. Self-Care is Crucial to my Eating Disorder Recovery
  3. Gay Support, Gay Support Groups, Gay Support Organizations


Mental Health Experiences

Share your thoughts/experiences with any mental health subject, or respond to other people's audio posts, by calling our toll-free number (1-888-883-8045).

You can listen to what other people are saying by clicking on the gray title bars inside the widgets located on the "Sharing Your Mental Health Experiences" homepage, the HealthyPlace homepage, and the HealthyPlace Support Network homepage.

If you have any questions, write us at: info AT


From the HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs

On all our blogs, your comments and observations are welcomed.

Feel free to share your thoughts and comments at the bottom of any blog post. And visit the mental health blogs homepage for the latest posts.


Stand Up for Mental Health

Thousands Have Joined the Stand Up for Mental Health Campaign

But we still need you. Let others know there's no shame in having depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trichotillomania, OCD, ADHD, schizophrenia or any other mental illness.

Join the Stand Up for Mental Health campaign. Put a button on your website or blog (buttons for family members, parents, mental health professionals and organizations too). We also have covers for Facebook, Twitter and Google+.


Teens With Social Anxiety Need Communication Skills

Teens with social anxiety have difficulty communicating. The Parent Coach, Dr. Steven Richfield, shares some tools to help your teenager with social anxiety learn how to have conversations with his peers.

Latest Mental Health News

These stories and more are featured on our mental health news page:

  • Why Am I Still Single?
  • FDA Approves First Generic Versions Of Antidepressant Drug Cymbalta
  • Psychiatrists Less Likely To Accept Insurance Than Other Physicians
  • Cell Phone Use Linked To Lower College Grades, Anxiety
  • Social Services Must Overcome Multiple Challenges To Reach 'Invisible' Homeless Women
  • Diabetes Blamed For Brain Neurochemical Abnormalities In Bipolar Disorder
  • Rich Club Disconnectivity May Be ‘Core’ Schizophrenia Feature
  • Bipolar Disorder Patients Hold Contradictory Self-Associations
  • Quitting Cannabis Improves Psychosis Treatment Adherence
  • Marker For Inflammatory Bowel Disease Linked To Bipolar Disorder
  • Teenager’s Sentence in Fatal Drunken-Driving Case Stirs ‘Affluenza’ Debate
  • Listening Skills, Reapplied
  • DSM-5 Mania Duration Criterion Questioned

That's it for now. If you know of anyone who can benefit from this newsletter or the site, I hope you'll pass this onto them. You can also share the newsletter on any social network (like facebook, stumbleupon, or digg) you belong to by clicking the links below. For updates throughout the week:

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APA Reference
Staff, H. (2013, December 18). How Do You Improve Your Self-Esteem?, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 13 from

Last Updated: September 3, 2014

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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