There’s all kinds of evidence that women with healthy self-esteem do better in life. They’re less likely to get pregnant before they want to, get in trouble with drugs and alcohol, drop out of school, or have problems at work. The best thing to do is to like who you are and make good choices that honour your beliefs and values. Do this and you’ll value your importance in the world, and treat yourself right.
Being a confident woman means taking care of and appreciating your body, inside and out. Here are a few ways to do just that:
- Live Healthy, eat healthy foods, get enough sleep, exercise regularly. Adopting a healthy lifestyle can help you live well. Manage stress and go for regular medical check-ups.
- Practice good hygiene. Good hygiene is important for social, medical, and psychological reasons in that it not only reduces the risk of illness, but it also improves the way others view you and how you view yourself.
- See friends to build your sense of belonging. Connecting with others has many implications in developing resiliency and staying healthy. Spending time with positive, loving people you care about and trust can ease stress, help your mood and improve the way you feel overall.
- Try to do something you enjoy every day. That might mean dancing, watching a favourite TV show, working in the garden, painting or reading.
- Caring for your spiritual health. Enhancing your spiritual life can help you cope with challenging feelings, find meaning and live your life more deeply. Find ways to relax, like meditation, getting a massage, taking a bath or walking in the garden.
Many of us get so involved with our careers and our families, that we neglect our own health. The responsibilities and busy schedules of everyday life can make it difficult for us to maintain a healthy balance, but taking good care of ourselves—body, mind and spirit—becomes more and more important as we age. By making good lifestyle choices, we can help reduce our risk for chronic health problems and improve our chances for a long, healthy life.