When caring for a loved one, you can often overlook what you need to truly take care of yourself. If you stop paying attention to your personal needs and wants, other things can follow shortly after. Usually, when one neglects themselves, they can experience a lack of confidence, and their self-esteem can drop tremendously. Obviously, it is essential for your loved ones to be cared for but it is also vital for you to take care of yourself along the way.
Dr. Guy Winch, explains how emotional hygiene is often neglected. He explains how from a young age, children are taught to take care of their physical hygiene, such as brushing your teeth or taking a bath. Dr. Winch believes we should instill emotional hygiene practice in children as well. Teach children that it is normal to feel sad and not ignore it but to practice mindfulness on being positive.
For helpful ways of becoming emotionally hygienic, be sure to watch his Ted Talk.
Ways to Raise Self-Esteem
- Get Dressed Up – Often, your outward appearance reflects how you feel on the inside. Much like, when you fake a smile, it releases endorphins making you feel happier, dressing up can also make you feel emotionally better. Simple things such as wearing a flattering outfit, applying some makeup, taking time to do your hair, are all excellent ways to help boost your self-esteem.
- Be Kind – Believe it or not, helping others can actually have a positive impact on your emotional hygiene. You can make yourself feel better when you go out of your way to show kindness to someone else. Putting positive energy into the universe has been said to attract positivity back to you.
- Affirmations and Accomplishments – Acknowledging yourself with compliments is a great way to bring up your self-esteem. For example, try writing down all the things you have accomplished in your life. Another way to boost your self-esteem is to repeat positive affirmations in the mirror. Some examples of phrases to repeat to yourself are: I am a good person, I deserve happiness, or I am attractive, and I will attract positivity.
- Exercise – Physical activity has proven to provide a multitude of benefits. With regular exercise, you may feel as though the only strides you are making are significantly towards your outer appearance, which can be rewarding, but exercise can provide a lot more. Exercising is also extremely beneficial for your emotional hygiene. Not only does it release endorphins which will make you feel happier, but after each workout, you have accomplished something new.
Daily self-love is the best way to boost your self-esteem. Actions of daily self-love might be little things such as treating yourself to a bubble bath or shopping for a new clothing item. Think of activities that make you happy that you don’t get to do often and make time for them so you can show yourself some extra love.
“Love yourself first, and everything else falls in line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”
— Lucille Ball, Actress
Practicing emotional hygiene, being active in ways to boost your self-esteem, and showing self-love are essential parts of boosting your self-esteem. When caring for an older loved one, it can often consume your day and put self-care at the bottom of your priorities. However, it is crucial to practice self-love, and your self-esteem will be positivity effected.