imageMaking positive changes requires strong self-esteem. Otherwise, you can easily get caught in the cycle of guilt, feeling like you don’t deserve it and beating yourself up when you slip off the “diet” wagon. A healthy self-esteem also helps you to reduce emotional eating, a strong source of those extra pounds.

Here are 5 ways you can boost that self-esteem and melt off those pounds:

1. List five positive words to describe yourself. Don’t use generalities like “nice” – be specific. Memorize the list and repeat it to yourself every day – at least once.

2. Learn to say “no.” And don’t feel guilty about it! You do not have to do everything you are asked to do or attend everything you are invited to. It’s your life – you have the right to say “thank you, but no” – gracefully. Do not overextend yourself just because you think doing something will make someone else happy. Always take care of yourself.

3. Take care of your body. Your body is a temple, so treat it carefully with respect and love. Keep your body healthy and strong with good nutrition and regular exercise. Since body, mind and spirit are all connected, taking care of yourself helps you take care of others – and feels a lot better!

4. Stop seeking perfection. Don’t criticize yourself for not being perfect. Always try your best, and acknowledge that some things are your strengths, and some things are not. No one is great at doing everything. That’s just part of being human.

5. Engage in life enhancers. Give yourself permission to have fun. Relax. Go for a bike ride or walk, go shopping, sit and read a book, go see that new movie. When you spend time doing something you love, you will experience joy, love and happiness in your being.

Do these resonate with you?

Look for another 5 tips in Thursday’s post!

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