Sometimes, you might find yourself in a rut where our self-esteem takes a hit. Maybe you didn’t do well on a work project, or you’re going through a rough patch in your relationship, or perhaps, the cloudy Seattle weather has you feeling a bit blue. In such moments, it can feel challenging to feel a sense of self confidence or self-esteem.
And sure, you’re probably familiar with traditional methods of boosting your self-esteem—things like positive affirmations, journaling, physical activity, or spending time with friends, etc. But today, I’m going to explore some unconventional approaches to improving self-esteem that might be just the breath of fresh air you need.
Self-Care through Urban Gardening
Living in Pacific Northwest, we’re gifted with a climate conducive for all kinds of gardening. Engaging with the earth, getting your hands dirty, nurturing your plot, and watching your garden grow can provide an incredible boost to your self-esteem. It’s a creative outlet where you have control, and every bud and bloom acts as a tangible symbol of your efforts and capabilities. Even if you live in an apartment, you can make your own mini urban garden by growing plants on a balcony, windowsill, or even indoor plants that thrive in lower light conditions.
Embrace Intentional Solitude
We live in a society that sometimes equates solitude with loneliness, but the two are not at all the same. Solitude can be a profound source of self-awareness and self-esteem. Spend time alone and engage in activities that you enjoy—take a stroll along Elliott Bay, delve into a book at a cozy café, or even spend a day exploring the SAM. This practice can help you become more comfortable in your own skin and reinforce the notion that you’re enough, just as you are.
Switch Up your Digital Diet
It’s no secret that social media, the news, and the seemingly endless supply of doom scrolling can impact our mood and self-esteem, usually negatively. For a boost in self-esteem and mood, try substituting a portion of your social media time with learning platforms. Sites like Khan Academy, Duolingo, or even YouTube have thousands of free courses and lessons. Each new skill or piece of knowledge can foster a sense of accomplishment and self-improvement, which in turn gives more space for self-esteem to grow.
Sounds anxiety-provoking yet intriguing? That’s the point! Improv isn’t just for aspiring comedians; it’s a powerful tool to help boost confidence, overcome the fear of making mistakes, and embrace spontaneity, both on the stage and off. That’s because participating in improv means you need to get out of your head and into the present moment—and you’ve usually got co-participants who are there to support you and share in the spontaneous, awkward, and often hilarious moments on the stage.
Declutter Your Space
While not typically associated with self-esteem, decluttering your living or workspace can make a significant impact on your mood and self-perception. By creating an organized environment, you’re signaling to yourself that you deserve a clean, harmonious space. This, in turn, can help you feel better about yourself and give your self-esteem a much needed boost.
We mostly associate play with children, but adults need it too! Engaging in fun activities—whether it’s a game of Frisbee or a board game night with friends—releases endorphins and cultivates a positive mindset. It also gives you a break from life’s demands, which can be the reset button you need to feel more self-assured.
Last but not least, immerse yourself in the nature around you. Seattle’s lush parks, scenic trails, and beautiful water bodies are here for your exploration. Spending time in nature has been shown to reduce stress, enhance mood, and create a sense of peace, all conducive to improved self-esteem.
Counseling for Low Self Esteem in Seattle
Remember, it’s okay to ask for help if you’re struggling. Building self-esteem is a journey that looks different for everyone. You might not feel the benefits of these unconventional methods overnight, and that’s perfectly okay. Self-esteem grows with time, patience, and consistent effort.
If you feel like you could benefit from speaking to a professional, don’t hesitate to reach out. I’m here to support you, Seattle!
To learn more about counseling for self esteem in Seattle, contact me for a free consultation to see if I’m the right fit for you. I can’t wait to hear from you.