From August 8-21, we are sponsoring the Lingerie Loves Your Curves Charity Fundraiser. Part of that fundraiser is blogging about topics of self-esteem and size-acceptance, and we urge you to also write about these issues- on your blog, on Facebook or Twitter, anywhere where your voice can be heard. I’ll be writing about these topics for the next few weeks and sharing ways for all of us to increase our self-esteem, accept ourselves for who we are, and fight back against the industries that prey on our self-esteem weaknesses (fad diets, media, cosmetic surgery…you get the picture).
On Monday, I wrote about why size acceptance is so important.
Today I want to focus on a few ways for you to be a self-esteem champion- for yourself and for others.
- Exercise daily. Exercise not only increases the serotonin in your brain, but it gives you something to be proud of yourself for. Every day, aim to get 30 minutes of exercise, whether it’s a walk around the neighborhood or a class at the gym (I love Bellydancing and Latin dancing, personally). The next time you’re thinking of sleeping in instead of working out, don’t think of your routine as weight loss or body building, instead, remind yourself that your self-esteem needs this workout.
- Keep your commitments. Especially the ones you make to yourself. Every time you make a commitment to yourself to get up tomorrow morning and work out, but then don’t – your self-esteem is negatively affected. If you’ll watch yourself, you’ll probably notice that you then berate yourself all day over other things. This is true for any commitment you make, but especially those that you make to yourself. You know that you have no excuse for not following through, and you end up beating yourself up. So keep your commitments – all of them.
- Plan your work and work your plan. This is an old paradigm with a contemporary approach. When you set your plan for the day, I’m assuming that you do so in a manner that is consistent with what you think would be the best use of your time. So, when you implement your plan, you are “consistent with the best person you can possibly be,” causing your self-esteem to soar.
- Help someone else. Perform an RAK – Random Act of Kindness. Do something nice for someone else without being asked. Return someone’s cart at the grocery store; pitch in to help a co-worker who is behind with her work; let someone get in front of you in line. Even better, compliment someone on why you like them- it will boost their self-esteem as well as yours.
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