The concept of “self-esteem” applies to how we see and value ourselves. It refers to how we talk about the types of people we are. If we have a favorable opinion of ourselves, we have healthy self-esteem. High self-esteem is a positive personal asset that is associated with a variety of positive life outcomes. As a result, it is critical to consider factors that may boost self-esteem.
Low self-esteem is a prevalent issue that most of us face at some other point in our life. If we have frequent negative thoughts about ourselves, we, like many others, may have low self-esteem. But, it can be boosted through various practices. We can develop negative beliefs about ourselves if we are subjected to prolonged stress. Living in toxic relationships, such as narcissists or psychopaths, can also cause a distorted view of our worth. We are expected to maintain high self-esteem and to take action to protect their self-esteem when it is threatened. One of the most accessible yet beneficial methods to improve your self-esteem is mindful meditation. Various studies have shown mindful meditation to be effective in improving self-esteem. Here are some mindful meditation techniques that may prove to help boost confidence and self-esteem.
Live in the moment
When your mind is not focused on the present, you must strive to be conscientious in your observation. When you notice your attention wandering, bring it back to the present moment. Focus on what you’re doing presently. Memories are to be cherished, whether good or bad. The good ones make us happy, and the bad ones teach us lessons. But, they must not be the reason why we are holding on to the past. That is why they must come and go, not become an obstacle in our lives. Mindfulness meditation is what comes the handiest in gaining focus on the present. Just step back from whatever you are doing and start focusing only on your breath. Make sure you are in a comfortable posture to avoid distractions.
Let go of negativity
You can remove all the negativity from your life step by step. Going with one thing at a time, try to eliminate the negative thoughts and the things and people that encourage them. Being mindful of what lets you down and severely affects your self-esteem will help you recognize the issue and resolve it.
You can also practice this with a sitting pose while meditating. Just sit in a comfortable position and focus on the positive things that happened to you one by one. Even if it was just a good cup of coffee that you made for yourself or got your paycheck, do not forget to acknowledge the good things in your life. Focusing on these positive things will help you get a grip on your negative thoughts.
Be mindful of your emotions
We have thoughts during meditation, but we can recognize them as fleeting. We let them go rather than identifying with them or using them to legitimize an old narrative in our heads. The more we practice, the easier it is to go beyond thought, which means paying less attention to thoughts and not letting them characterize who we are.
Get physically active
Doing even a simple set of mindful poses can go a long way in improving our thoughts and feelings about ourselves. It can be any physical activity, from yoga to cardio, to dancing, anything that suits you. Exercise has been shown to improve our mental state and influence our minds to think more positively.
Celebrate your individuality
Everyone has their personality, which cannot be taken away from them, nor should it be something to be ashamed of. We are all different and unique in our ways, and it is essential to acknowledge that. The importance and value of our own are what we need to understand to lose the critical thoughts and opinions we have about ourselves.
Everyone possesses this fundamental goodness, and everyone has the potential to relate with it. We can genuinely radiate goodness and confidence when we relate with our goodness and confidence. In that way, we can spread positive thoughts and confidence rather than pulling others down with negativity and burdening others with harsh criticism.
Whenever we see someone with a confident attitude and boosted self-confidence, we wish to be the same. But the truth is everyone has their battles that they go through every single day. All we have to do is rise above those fights and become the best version of ourselves by accepting everything we are and working on ourselves every day. Every good thing requires effort. The most significant investment we can make is ourselves. The more we invest in ourselves, the more we allow our thoughts and emotions to work in sync. We can start by taking small steps of improvement as investments. The journey towards mindfulness and better self-esteem is long, but we can achieve our goal only by moving forward, even if it is one step at a time.
Breath, our reference point, is a natural part of life. We sit and observe our breath without judgment when we meditate. We release any sense of comparison by focusing our attention on the breath; we sit without moral judgment.
Mindful meditation requires practice, but it works as a long-term and sustainable solution to calm down anxiety and other health issues of a person. Self-esteem issues can sometimes get the best of us, but that is just a phase that must pass. Meditation allows us to see the positivity and good things around us and acknowledge them.