A leading coach is helping the nation to increase their feelings of self-esteem. Tristan Lee, known as the Gorgeousness Coach, points out that while as humans, we are usually very good at supporting our colleagues, friends and family in times of need, more often than not we don’t value or loves ourselves as much as we should and the advice we give to others we don’t freely administer to ourselves. Tristan has offered a range of tips to help you raise your self-esteem, including:
- Be honest with yourself: A lot of people cover the cracks by pretending they are happy, acting the class clown or painting a picture of a flawless life. However, smoothing over the cracks won’t mend them. Don’t be afraid to reach out to someone and share your feelings. Sharing feelings as they occur means they can be dealt with in bite-sized chunks.
- Check in with yourself: Take time to check how you feel on a day-to-day basis, both mentally and physically. If something aches or niggles, address it that day. By recognising this on a daily basis, you begin to build a stronger relationship with yourself and know when you need to take action.
- Challenge your thoughts: It is easy to tell anyone not to think negative thoughts about themselves, however, practising this can be easier said than done. Focus on the parts of you that are truly amazing and that you adore. When a person feels good about themselves, it shines from within like a beacon of light to the outside world.
- Be a happy eater: Ever heard the expression ‘mood food’? What we put in our bodies has a direct correlation to how we feel. Opt for raw, nutritious foods like avocados that are packed with good fats, which are great for the skin and the mind.
- Get physical: If you’re stressed, had a bad day at work or are generally feeling blue, try using that negative energy productively and apply it to exercise. It could be a brisk walk, a relaxing yoga session or even a bike ride but whatever you choose, remember that a workout helps the brain release natural ‘feel good’ chemicals known to boost mood. A keep fit regime is therefore good for both the body and mind!