Did you know? February is recognized as International Boost Self-Esteem Month. Self-esteem is imperative for us to be mindful of, as self-esteem impacts our overall health and wellbeing. What are some ways to improve our self-esteem? Here is a helpful method that I incorporate which helps boost self-esteem, and it's known as positive affirmations.

Positive affirmations can be thoughts or statements which help create an improved lifestyle. Positive affirmations serve as inspirational reminders, and often incorporate themes of gratitude, mindfulness, and wellbeing. Here is an exercise to try positive affirmations:

Write down 5 things that you like about yourself that are non-physical attributes. For example, one of the things that I wrote for myself is “Empathy and the ability to feel for and understand others.” It may seem challenging, but I strongly encourage you to list 5 qualities of yourself that you feel good about. This exercise for positive affirmations is a great method to apply to boost self-esteem. Try to apply this method throughout the month of February and focus on your mental and emotional health. Notice if you begin to feel a difference in your mood – I truly believe this exercise can be transformative for mental and emotional health, specifically within self-esteem.

Other methods to consider to boost self-esteem include:

Pep-talks – this is a great tactic to incorporate during the work week, especially before a presentation! Give your mental and emotional health a boost with words of encouragement. The more you say positive things to yourself about yourself, then you will start to believe and act on these thoughts. It's a win-win!

Be active – take a virtual or in-person exercise class, go for a walk or run, or incorporate any style of physical activity that you enjoy. Make time for this, even if it is less than 30 minutes a day. If you begin to create a routine, you will be sure to build confidence, decrease stress, and boost self-esteem.

Surround yourself with positive and supporting individuals: We can be very hard on ourselves sometimes. That is why it is important to surround ourselves with positive individuals – our own support system, to help lift us up when we’re feeling down. If you’re feeling down, call a friend or family member, schedule a FaceTime call, or set up a safely socially distant meet-up. Your support system of family members and friends will be there for you, no matter what.

Let’s make our mental and emotional health a priority, from this month forward, to promote a positive mindset and overall wellbeing.