Expert tips: How to improve self-esteem

Expert tips: How to improve self-esteem

When a confident woman enters a room her self-assurance shines like the sun! Here, self-development expert Robin Marvel explains how you can enjoy that feeling, too.


Robin Marvel is a writer and expert in the field of self-development. She had her first daughter at a very young age and made it her mission to be a good role model. Now the mother of five girls (aged three to 18), Robin draws on her personal experience to share top tips for building self-confidence.

‘Learn to see the beauty in every part of yourself,’ Robin advises. ‘Practice these five easy-to-do daily confidence-boosters for a fulfilled, positive life!’

1. Affirm your worth daily
‘You are an amazing, beautiful, complete person – no matter your childhood, your present or past choices,’ says Robin. ‘Take a moment each day to acknowledge your worth. Look at yourself in the mirror and state, “I am worth it!” If at first you don’t believe it, that’s OK, self-doubt happens. But it is vital that you replace that judgment with acceptance.’

2. Dress for success
Do you remember the last time you dressed up, did your hair, or put on the glam, and how good you felt in that moment? Robin says you don’t have to dress like a super model, but that a little effort goes a long way. ‘Wake up each day, brush your hair, and put on a touch of blush or lipstick. Don’t live the whole time in stretched-out or faded old clothes.’ Robin’s own idea of dressing for success simply means a pair of great-fitting jeans and a pressed T-shirt.

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3. Maintain a happy shopping list
‘You know that moment,’ says Robin, ‘when you are standing in the “15 items or less” checkout in the supermarket and the person in front of you has 30 items. This is the time to read your happy list!’ Robin suggests creating a list of 15 things that instantly bring a smile to your face. Maybe it’s having your favourite dessert waiting in the fridge or a beautiful plant in your living room. Update your list daily. As you change your focus to being happy, it will lift your mood and shift the negative to a positive.

4. Random acts of kindness
Robin believes being kind to others is an easy, foolproof way to boost confidence because it puts you in control. ‘Being kind to others directly reflects who you are as a person. It gives you the opportunity to imprint another’s life and start a kindness ripple.’ Smile at strangers, hold the door open for others, send a handwritten letter to an old friend, say thank you, let another car in when you’re driving in traffic!

5. Learn, grow, explore
Finding ways to challenge yourself daily is great for building self-esteem. Step out of your comfort zone and be brave. ‘I always tell my girls that the world is so big, and so full of opportunity that they should never feel limited,’ says Robin. ‘There is always a way!’ If you catch yourself being negative and self-critical take a moment to stop, listen to what you are saying, and replace the negative words with positive ones.

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Great article, self-esteem has always been an issue of mine, i always find it easier to give myself criticism than compliments.

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It's good to have a reminder of this from time to time! I am so guilty of wearing the same jeans with the grubby knees too often when I collect my son from nursery. Do you think they notice?! xxx

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It's good to have a reminder of this from time to time! I am so guilty of wearing the same jeans with the grubby knees too often when I collect my son from nursery. Do you think they notice?! xxx

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Thank you for sharing this article. I will definitely try these ideas and tips. Simple, yet effective. Becoming a new mother, to a child who is not a fan of sleeping, my self esteem has disappeared hee hee! These little tips may just save the last bit of confidence I have left. Thanks again!!! ��

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Great article, just what I needed, thanks :)

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