New beginnings - improving self-esteem and relationships

On the yoga blog we are looking at how yoga can help improve self-esteem and create better relationships. You can read that article by following this link

Low self-esteem can be caused by poor relationships but it is also hard to have a loving relationship if you believe you are not worthy of love. If you continue to have low self-esteem, it can also be damaging to your health so it is important to take steps to improve self-esteem.  For instance, if we believe we are not 'worthy' we may start to neglect ourselves, eating badly or even turning to alcohol etc.  Low self-esteem can even lead to eating disorders.  This downward spiral will eventually set up inflammation in your body which affects many aspects of our health.  For instance it lowers immunity, and even underlies such diseases as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer.  Here are some measures you can take to improve your self-esteem.  

  • Exercise helps boost self-esteem by releasing 'feel good' hormones.
  • Eat well to help raise your serontin levels which will improve mood.  Include omega 3s in your diet from hemp oil, flaxseeds and walnuts or if you are not vegan, oily fish such as wild salmon.  Eat fresh fruit and vegetables, beans, lentils, chickpeas, wholegrains including quinoa, bulgar wheat, etc, and tofu.  If you are not vegan include some fish and organic poultry with only occasional organic red meat. Avoid refined foods, processed foods, sugar, transfats, additives and alcohol. Vegans may need to take a vitamin B12 supplement and an iron supplement.  Ensure you have an adequate supply of B vitamins to regulate mood. Stabalize your blood sugar by having healthy snacks between meals.  Eat mindfully without distractions from computers, televisions etc
  • Do something you enjoy and are good at, for example a hobby or a craft as this will boost your confidence.  
  • Accept what you cannot change
  • Make sure you have enough sleep
  • Try an assertiveness course.  Being assertive allows you to express your desires in a clear, reasonable way without anxiety or aggression to others.
  • Replace each negative thought with a positive one.  Thoughts are just thoughts and may not reflect reality.   Keep a gratitude diary and write down three things each evening that you are grateful for that day.  This will help you focus on the positive.
Stay healthy, stay happy
Janet x

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  1. You're all right, and I have been wrong.

    I will now stand beside you, in Society.

    I will assume my role.

    Nikola Tesla
    Martin Luther
    Robin Hood
    Jimi Hendricks
    Sarah Bernhardt
    Joan of Ark
    Marquis deSade
    Johnny Appleseed

    I will also take my Meds.

    Marc Breed
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  2. What causes a person to have Low Self Esteem?
    Self improvement

  3. here are some low self esteem quotes to help to make a change and improve low self esteem:

    Low Self Esteem Quotes