5 Expert-Approved Ways to Boost Your Self-Esteem

Katharine McEntee
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Be it a nasty rumour, an unsightly blemish, or a bad case of the Mondays, we all have those moments when our self-confidence plummets. And, while it’s easy to let these moments get away from us and spiral into a self-loathing slump, Sanam Hafeez, Ph.D., an NYC-based clinical psychologist and the founder of Comprehensive Consultation Psychology Services, says there are some things we can do to lessen the emotional effects of these not-so-fortunate events. For starters: building self-esteem.

So just what is self-esteem? According to Hafeez, self-esteem isn’t about finding value in materialistic matters, but rather it’s about how you appreciate yourself despite perceived flaws. Meaning those with low self-esteem tend to have a negative self-perception, while those with an inflated self-esteem may have a sense of entitlement. To find the sweet spot, aka self-love, self-worth, self-respect, and regard for others, we asked Hafeez how to improve our self-esteem. For a psychologist’s tips on how to build self-esteem, because, let’s face it, we could all use a confidence boost every now and again, keep on reading.

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