When you look in the mirror, you might see a person you don't like. People don't talk to you or pretend to like being around you just to be nice. These are things that can negatively impact the self-esteem. As you sink further into depression, you sometimes can't make yourself feel like you matter. Fortunately, there are a few ways that you can increase your self-esteem so that you feel better about yourself whether you're at school or spending time with your friends.

Tell Yourself to Stop

You can be your own worst critic. It's time to tell that voice to stop saying negative things. This voice can tell you to do things that you aren't comfortable doing just to fit in with others. It can also tell you that you're ugly or that no one likes you, decreasing the confidence that you have in yourself.

Get Healthy

Take a walk, eat healthier foods or start an exercise regimen to feel better about your body. When you begin seeing a change in your body, then you'll start to feel better about yourself, passing along those feelings to others around you. Your body will thank you as well because the blood will flow smoothly, and you'll be feeding it the nutrients that it requires for the organs to function as they should.

Appreciate Yourself

When you're standing in front of the mirror, give yourself a pep talk. Write down a few things that you like about yourself. You can also make small posters and notes that you display around the house that you can read when you need encouragement. When you begin training the mind to think positively, then you'll start to see how wonderful of a person you are in the eyes of others.

Brighter and Whiter

The teeth can often pose an issue for many people. If your teeth are yellow white and can't seem to get clean the way you want them with proper brushing, then consider teeth whitening. There are a few different processes to consider, such as whitening strips, gels, or a professional process by someone like Cosmetic Dental Studios: Victoria Veytsman, DDS or a similar professional. Take the time to figure out which option makes the most sense to you financially and emotionally. Once you see a sparkling smile, you'll want to pass it along to others, increasing your self-esteem in the process.


Helping others can make you feel good about yourself. Find an organization that you're passionate about, such as an animal shelter. Put in a few hours each week to care for an animal or even another person if you want to volunteer at a nursing home. Whatever you like to do, there's often someone out there who is willing to accept the help you offer.

Your self-esteem can become damaged in no time. There are a few things to do that will help build your confidence once again so that you don't focus on what others think. Putting outside thoughts out of your head is the first step on the road to a better you.

Author's Bio: 

Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from West Jordan, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing and spending time with her dog, Max. Kara is the youngest of four. She has two hilarious brothers and one beautiful sister. She also is the aunt of 5 crazy little girls that she loves more than anything!! Kara is not yet able to be a mom, but she loves being around kids and being like a second mom to her nieces. She dreams of the day that she can start her own little family.