A Call to All My EP Friends: Being nice to yourself for a change
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The first exercise to improve self-esteem involves trying to treat yourself the way that you would a friend.
- Every day in the next week spend 10 minutes doing something that you like to do.
This means indulging yourself, spending time alone, if you like doing that, with music, etc. (Need ideas?) Develop a list of potential events which you enjoy doing.
(These can be: Riding bike, going for walk, listening to music, getting fit at the gym, rearranging your room, paying your bills (you have put it off…do it), answering your emails, gardening, drinking (but not too much), cinema, surfing, climbing mountains, reading novels, watching sport, getting out and about)
- Spend 5 minutes everyday being as nice to yourself as you would to a friend who has problems with their self-esteem.
For example, if you react badly to a situation, don’t say to yourself "you worthless worm", say "it’s pretty normal to react that way, you are being hard on yourself. I think you handled the situation as best you could", etc.