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Can I Improve My Self Esteem?

June 6, 2024

Women smiling on vacation. Yes, self-esteem can be improved.

Improving self-esteem is absolutely possible with intentional effort, which starts with an awareness that you are feeling bad about yourself or judgmental toward yourself and that this is a pattern you want to change.

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Along with the help of your provider, here are some ways you can start to improve your self esteem:

1. Self-Acceptance

Start by accepting yourself, flaws and all. Self-acceptance is the foundation of healthy self-esteem. This is much easier said than done, and often is the hardest part of this process.

2. Positive Self-Talk

Challenge and reframe negative self-talk. Replace self-criticism with self-compassion and self-encouragement.

3. Set Realistic Goals

Set achievable goals, and celebrate your accomplishments. This builds a sense of competence and self-efficacy. The feeling of mastery and power can help boost self esteem in really tangible ways.

Woman drinking coffee and reading her book in Manhattan. You can improve your self esteem with these tips and tricks.

4. Self-Care

Prioritize self-care activities that promote physical and mental well-being, such as exercise, meditation, and hobbies. This also helps you to feel more connected to yourself, which is the foundation of accepting and eventually loving yourself.

5. Challenge Perfectionism

Understand that perfection is unattainable. Embrace your imperfections as part of what makes you unique.

Self esteem is a complex and vital aspect of human psychology that influences how we perceive ourselves and navigate the world. Understanding its components and developmental influences is essential for personal growth and well-being. By actively working on self-acceptance, positive self-talk, and setting achievable goals, you can enhance your self-esteem and lead a more fulfilling life. Remember that building healthy self-esteem is a journey that requires patience, self-compassion, and ongoing effort.


Woman playing a guitar in Manhattan. Self Esteem can be improved.

At Manhattan Wellness, we understand that with all the messages we receive from the world, it can be difficult to maintain a positive narrative about ourselves. From social media, movies, and even people close to us, it can be hard to drown out the negative. So much so that our inner critic takes over and we forget to show ourselves the same compassion as others. That’s why our female therapists want to support you in building the confidence you need to reach your highest potential. Let us help you create an empowering narrative that will benefit all aspects of your life, from personal to professional. If you are interested in beginning counseling for women:

  1. Submit a Contact Form or Email Us at
  2. Learn More About Our Team and Our Areas of Expertise
  3. Begin Seeing Yourself in a Whole New Light!


Our therapists understand that building confidence takes time and that other issues can come up along the way. To better support you, we offer a variety of services to cater to your individual needs. The therapy services we offer are Therapy for Self Esteem, Anxiety Treatment, and therapy for dating and relationship issues. As well as therapy for college students, support for maternal mental health, body image therapy, and so much more. Are you feel like you’re not living the life you want and need to make changes? Let’s talk about it.

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