Taking part in therapy activities can help you learn more about your mental health, accept yourself and have a more positive outlook on life.
Building healthy self-esteem is an essential step in the recovery process. People have low self-esteem due to their natural result of living in a world that emphasizes beauty and social status. It’s essential to focus on building your sense of self-worth before trying to please others.
There are several ways that therapy activities can help you address self-esteem issues. It is an effective treatment that allows you to address any unhealthy thoughts and behaviours that keep your self-esteem low. Therapy activities may also allow you the opportunity to practice new skills and build confidence when dealing with others.
Below are seven recommended self-esteem activities.
1. Daily Commitments
Start your day with a commitment.
It boosts positive self-esteem and sheds your insecurities. Make sure you know what your commitment is before you start the day. You can have over one goal, and they don’t have to be big either. Just commit yourself to accomplish at least one goal every day. This will help when you feel like quitting or when things go wrong.
You will at least have accomplished something and tell yourself that tomorrow will be better.
2. Compliments. Accept It!
Accepting a compliment is one of the most basic ways to boost your self-esteem.
It also helps you to become a more positive person. So, the next time someone compliments you, thank them. Accepting compliments shows others you are confident in yourself.
Take the compliment as a gift and do your best to absorb what they’re saying about you.
3. Create A Vision Board
Grab some magazines and glue or push-pins and make your board!
A vision board is a collage that you make of what you want in life. The first step is choosing images that resonate with you. Once you’ve selected the photos, arrange them in an order that gives you a positive outcome.
Hang it somewhere where you will see it often to continue to be inspired by it.
4. Use Mantras or Affirmations
A mantra or affirmation is a series of words, sounds, and phrases that you say repeatedly.
Mantras are powerful because they work behind the scenes, constantly repeating themselves as you go through your day. The “I AM” affirmation is excellent for boosting self-confidence and building self-esteem. Start with I am _______________. Then fill in the blank with positive self-talk that describes your personality or character traits. The idea behind a mantra or affirmation is that you will believe and act upon it if you repeat something enough times. Here are some examples:
I am courageous,
I am loyal,
I am adventurous,
I am full of joy.
You don’t need to believe it at first, but keep saying them anyway; eventually, your subconscious mind will take over and feel them on its own.
5. Practice Mindfulness
Mindfulness is a method of meditation that focuses on the present.
It helps you focus on the moment by tuning out distractions and clearing your mind. It’s also about realizing that you are in control of your thoughts, feelings, and actions. Trying to be mindful can be hard at first because we are so used to being wrapped up in our thoughts and negative thinking.
It’s easy to focus on all the wrong life experiences instead of what’s right. There are many ways to practice mindfulness, but one must dedicate some time every day to clear the mind of everything else. You can do this while sitting quietly (which is excellent if you can manage it) or doing something active, like exercising, taking a walk or washing dishes.
Another way to practice mindfulness is through meditation, which involves focusing on your breathing and clearing your mind of other thoughts as they come up.
6. Write Something About You. Self-Esteem Sentence Completion
Here are some examples of how to do this. Get your pen and paper ready. No typing, please! Get it into your system by writing your thoughts.
- I am a good person because I _____.
- I feel good about myself because ____.
- The way I see it ______.
- With relationships, I would like to be more like______.
- I want to be a better person by becoming ____.
- To be happy, I think it is essential to ___ ___.
- To feel fulfilled as a person, I need to____ ___.
- If I could change one thing about myself, I would want to _____ ___.
- When someone makes me mad, it’s usually because of ______ ___.
- The one thing I wish others would notice about me is ______.
- When people look at me, they see ______ ___.
- One of my greatest fears is ______ ___.
- The most important lesson I have learned in life is _______.
- My positive traits are___________.
Practising this activity regularly develops your personal growth.
7. Enjoy the Moment
There is a moment of joy when you eat the perfect slice of pizza; that’s why you savour it.
When you find a great song, you want to listen to it on repeat. That’s why we create playlists. The thing is, in life, we often forget to savour the moment and appreciate what we have. We get distracted by our goals and dreams that we lose sight of what makes us happy. We think about our past mistakes and failures instead of being grateful for what we have now.
We keep wondering what could have been if we had done this differently, but honestly? Who cares? Right now, the only thing that matters is the pizza slice in front of us, the song on repeat, or our spouse who loves us through sickness and health. The question is: are you thoroughly enjoying each moment?
Only when you stop focusing on how things could be better and start appreciating how they are right now, will you be able to live a fulfilled life!
A Take-Home Message
A big part of boosting your self-esteem and reaching success in life is to attach your identity to something that matters.
So, find things you like doing, no matter how small or large. It can be an enjoyable activity, hobby, or passion. You can then sink your teeth into it by putting your heart and soul. You may not have heard of some of these strategies in your life, but it never hurts to try something new. A positive thought process can help improve our lives and boost self-esteem, and, gets us started in the right direction.