(PRWEB) June 12, 2014
Many adults are concerned about the self-esteem of their children, but rarely think about that of themselves. In a blog post, physician and best-selling author Dr. Sanjay Jain says, "Having good self-esteem doesn't mean having a big ego, it means being secure with yourself and being able to accept your imperfections." It's essential for adults to be comfortable in their body so that they can lead fulfilling and positive lives, find work that is purposeful and inspire the next generation.
Sadly, too many people spend life suffering from low amounts of self-esteem. Fortunately, for many people, low self-esteem can be remedied by some simple life changes that aren't expensive, difficult or time consuming. Here are some tips from chapter five, "Self Esteem: Who do you see in the mirror?", of Optimal Living 360: Smart Decision Making for a Balanced Life:
Confide in a friend. Being able to share things, both the good and the bad, is a sign of strength. It's helpful to find a person to confide in; someone to share weaknesses, strengths, successes, failures.
Start simplifying externally and internally. A cluttered home and office causes undue stress and anxiety. It's easiest to make progress by choosing one area of the house, cleaning it out and developing a cleaning routine. Once the routine becomes second-nature, add another routine. As for cleaning out the mind, take a day off to just rest. Just as the body needs a period of rest after vigorous exercise, the mind also needs a break from the numerous day-to-day tasks that it has to handle.
Exercise regularly. Besides being good for the body, engaging in at least 30 minutes of exercise daily has the ability to boost self-esteem when endorphins are released. Get started today by going for a short, brisk walk around the neighborhood.
Implement a weekly media-free day. People today have access to a never-ending stream of information which isn't always good for the mind. Constant attention to the news can cause feelings of sadness when negative stories are run, and a steady diet of social media may add to feelings of inadequacy and the desire to compare oneself to friends, family and even strangers. Start by choosing one day to keep the internet turned off, the newspaper shut and the mail tucked away, and spend the day indulging in real conversations with family and friends.
Use affirmations. Come up with some statements that are affirming and positive, and repeat them several times throughout the day. Even people who feel silly, or don't believe the statements are true, notice positive effects after incorporating them into their day. Examples of short, sweet and to the point affirmations from Optimal Living 360: Smart Decision Making for a Balanced Life include: "I am at peace." "My mind is calm and relaxed." "I will win."
Avoid negative people. These people aren't difficult to spot, but they are difficult to get away from. Find ways to avoid these energy-sucking people that love to drag down everyone else's spirits. Keep conversations with them brief, if they can't be completely avoided, and seek out upbeat, positive people to associate with.
All of these tips can be implemented starting today, and will result in greater self-confidence, self-esteem and lower levels of stress.
About Dr. Sanjay Jain:
Sanjay Jain, M.D. MBA is a New York Times and USA Today Best Selling author, accomplished medical doctor, health expert, life coach and inspirational keynote speaker who has dedicated his life to helping people find their purpose by achieving a meaningful life that they deeply cherish.
Sanjay Jain is U.S. trained and a board certified physician with over 15 years of clinical experience. He holds certifications in Diagnostic Radiology, Integrative Medicine, and Healthcare Quality and Management. He is a graduate from the accelerated BS/MD program at The Northeast Ohio Medical University. He has diversified experience in the private practice, academic, and integrated multispecialty settings.
He was a former assistant professor at The Ohio State University where he also obtained his MBA at the Fisher School of Business. The combination of which has given him a unique voice and understanding of the many issues we face today in a real and practical sense.
Follow Sanjay on Twitter at @sanjayjainmd. His new book, Optimal Living 360: Smart Decision Making for a Balanced Life (Greenleaf) is available in stores now!