Set-backs happen to everyone from time to time. But, it’s important to recognize that they’re just temporary and that you can (and will!) move on. If you are working on your recovery, it’s also especially critical that you don’t let those minor inconveniences wear down your self-esteem. When you are feeling low and less confident in yourself, you have a greater risk of relapse and behavioral health issues like depression and anxiety.
But, there are proven strategies you can use to build yourself up and boost your confidence.
If you are ready to start feeling better about yourself, here are four ways to take control!
(1) Take care of your appearance.
On days when you’re struggling with your self-esteem, put away the sweatpants. While it may seem tempting to skip the shower and spend all day wearing your favorite t-shirt, those are the days when you should actually spend a little more effort into getting ready. You’ll feel more proud of the person looking back at you in the mirror – which can really go a long way.
(2) Make a list of your accomplishments.
If you’re feeling unsure about your future, you can get a little mental boost by thinking about the challenges you’ve already overcome. Did you meet your fitness goals last week? If so, celebrate your hard work! This is also a great way to challenge and counterbalance negative self-talk.
(3) Help someone else.
When your self-esteem is low, you’re more apt to focus on yourself and get caught in a negative loop of self-doubt. By diverting your attention to a co-worker, friend or family member in need, it can help you feel better about yourself.
(4) Harness the power of body language.
Social scientists and psychologists have proven that your body language not only impacts how others perceive you – it also influences how you perceive yourself. The simple act of standing tall and walking with your head up can really work wonders. (Maybe mom was right when she said to sit up straight?)
Become a Stronger Man in Recovery
At English Mountain Recovery, we specialize in helping men who are battling an addiction to drugs or alcohol using a variety of treatment services including group therapy, individual therapy, disease education and more. By learning new life skills and healthy coping mechanisms, you can feel more confident about yourself, and your sobriety. To learn more, call (877) 459-8595.