Taking a career break can be a challenging experience, and it’s common to feel a dip in self-esteem as a result. However, there are several steps you can take to build your self-esteem and confidence as you return to the workforce:
- Recognize your strengths: Take time to identify your strengths, skills, and achievements. Think about what you’ve accomplished in your career and outside of work. Write them down or have wall art that reminds you regularly of your strengths.
- Set achievable goals: Set small achievable goals and build upon them. You might want to start an empire, but first, you need to find all the stepping stones that help you build an empire.
- Learn new skills: Technology keeps changing. So, it is important to upskill yourself with current trends in your field of interest. For instance: Taking a new course or attending a workshop. Not for a certificate but to feel more confident.
- Practice self-care: Have you ever felt more confident when you had a new haircut or when someone appreciated your personality? If the answer is yes, you need to do it more often. Taking care of self is required to increase self-esteem and confidence. Be kind to yourself!
- Practice positive self-talk: Challenge negative thoughts and replace them with positive affirmations. Focus on your strengths and achievements.
Building self-esteem takes time and effort. Celebrate small victories and keep moving forward.
If you are looking for daily positive affirmations, check the TO-DO planner, which includes positive affirmations at the end of every page-100 pages.