Improve Your Self-Esteem with Journaling

Community Leader
Registered: 12-21-2001
Improve Your Self-Esteem with Journaling
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Wed, 02-22-2012 - 12:38pm

Negative self-talk such as "I’m not good enough," or "I knew I’d fail." Talking like that conditions you to expect the worst from yourself and diminishes your self-respect. Stop the negative-speak! Give yourself pep talks, remind yourself why people like you or can like you, make a list of some of your positive accomplishments and think about them often.

If you have trouble remembering your good qualities or complimenting yourself throughout the day on jobs well done, perhaps an exercise in journaling will help turn your self-doubt into self-determination. Keeping a journal focused on your positive traits and accomplishments will bolster your esteem and satisfaction in yourself. After awhile, you'll be high on self-respect and realize that you are worth any effort.

Your journal can be a bound journal or a spiral notebook. One reason I suggest a journal or notebook rather than your computer in the beginning is because you are going to write positive things about yourself before you go to bed. I personally will get on the computer, play a game of solitaire, read mail, Stumbleon and it's three am before I finish the journal.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 03-20-2009
Sat, 02-25-2012 - 5:56pm

Hi Happypants & MLK,

self esteem , or rather lack of it, is one of my major stubling blocks. I am a little better than I was, thanks to Happypants



iVillage Member
Registered: 10-12-2006
Sun, 02-26-2012 - 8:51pm

hi, promise! i'm glad to see you over here again :) you know, journaling seems to be the big thing that's improved my self-esteem over the past decade or so - i never really thought about it until now. i was trying to figure out why i feel calmer and more secure than i did 10 years, and i think it's because i started writing in a journal. so, you should give it a shot, too! can't hurt, right?

p.s. did you ever start swimming again?

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-20-2009
Mon, 02-27-2012 - 2:02pm

Hey HP,

I have done a little swimming.



iVillage Member
Registered: 10-12-2006
Mon, 02-27-2012 - 8:42pm

awesome! i'm pleased with you, too. you should do something you enjoy every day (i think we talked about that before).

you'd better believe that you deserve something special to write in! what does your book look like?

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-28-2003
Thu, 03-01-2012 - 4:51pm

hi all

Single mom to an internationally adopted son, age 9 3/4; adopted at age 2.5 months from country of Georgia; diagnosed with ADHD, ODD and developmental delay issues

Community Leader
Registered: 12-21-2001
Thu, 03-01-2012 - 6:56pm

Promise- you bet you you deserve something nice!

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Community Leader
Registered: 12-21-2001
Thu, 03-01-2012 - 7:33pm

Suzanne,

Try getting a special book for yourself. It takes a couple of weeks for something to become a habit. You can also be using

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iVillage Member
Registered: 03-20-2009
Tue, 03-13-2012 - 1:41pm

Hey,

no, I don't give myself treats as I haven't earned them.



Community Leader
Registered: 12-21-2001
Tue, 03-13-2012 - 8:02pm

I'm still new to the party-please give me an example of when you feel you have earned a treat?

What self-compliments did you give yourself

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