When you’re feeling low, don’t beat yourself up even more by telling yourself that you shouldn’t be feeling like this. Everyone feels negative about themselves at some point in life; the key is not to let it swallow you whole. Acknowledge that you’re feeling down but counter it by focusing on the successes you’ve had in your life and what you’ve achieved. If you’re reading this, the chances are that you’re a father to at least one amazing child, and that’s cause for celebration any day of the week. However, if you are struggling to focus on the positives about yourself, here are some tips to help you turn things around.
Learn Something New
Nothing beats the feeling of conquering a challenge, so why not take up a new hobby and learn a new skill? If you can master it, you’ll have that awesome feeling that there’s nothing you can’t achieve if you put your mind to it. There are loads of activities and hobbies out there from archery to learning to fly an aircraft, but the point is that it’s something you want to do. Here are some ideas to get you started.
Focus on What Makes You Unique
Being a dad is a wonderful privilege, but it’s natural to feel like you’ve lost a little of your identity somewhere along the way. This new hobby is a great way to reconnect with what makes you an individual. Once you’re confident enough, set yourself another goal and reach that one too. With any luck, it will become a cycle of new experiences leading to achievement and success, and that’s what self-esteem is built on.
Give Your Appearance a Makeover
Being a parent is all about putting the focus on your children, of course, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take pride in your appearance. From cultivating your facial hair and looking after your skin to treating yourself to a new wardrobe and haircut, do what makes you look and feel good. Take a shower every day and try and plan the next day’s clothes the night before. This means you can give your outfit some consideration without the morning rush of breakfast and school runs pushing it out of your mind.
If you’re self-conscious about an aspect of your appearance and have been for a long time, investigate ways you can tackle the issue with positive action without dwelling on obstacles. This could be through losing weight, building muscle or even a hair transplant. If hair loss is a concern for you, there are highly reputable companies like GetHair which can help.
Get Regular Exercise
Find a way to get exercise into your day. Family life can be hectic, but if you can manage to set aside 30 minutes in the morning or evening (or even on your lunch hour at work), it really can improve your outlook on life and self-esteem. You don’t necessarily need to join a gym; you could get yourself some weights or simply head out for a jog or a brisk walk. In addition to a clearer head, keeping active will make you a healthier person and help you keep up with the kids!