There are a number of things you can do to help a friend or family member have better self-esteem; it’s important to remember to be patient with your loved one, as they will usually view themselves in a different light to how you see them. They will focus on their “negatives”, whereas you will be able to see their strengths.
Things you can do to help
- Remind them of their strengths and things they are good at
- Show understanding and empathy
- Reassure your loved one that you want to help them to feel good and happy within their own body
- Encourage them to exercise, as this releases endorphins, or “feel-good” hormones
- Write a list together of their positives
- If YOU need help or advice, ask your loved one so that they feel needed – helping others can be a real boost for self-esteem