3 Ways to Improve Your Self-Esteem in 5 Minutes or Less

#2: Schedule an early-morning win

Nick Wignall
6 min readNov 27, 2022


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There are no quick fixes for low self-esteem:

  • There’s no profound insight your therapist can give you that will suddenly improve your self-esteem
  • There’s no secret mantra that will unlock your inner worthiness
  • There’s no perfect person who will “complete” you and make you feel whole

Because while all sorts of things can help you feel better about yourself for a moment, they won’t make much of a dent in how you feel about yourself long term.

And the reason…

Self-esteem is not a feeling — it’s a belief.

While feelings are quick to come and quick to go, beliefs are built up over time. If you spend your entire childhood learning that you’re not good enough or not lovable, that’s not something that’s going to change overnight.

But you can change even your most fundamental beliefs about yourself — including your self-esteem — with the right approach…

If you want new beliefs you need new habits.

Specifically, if you want to feel better about yourself in the long run and believe it, you have to consistently do things that reinforce that belief — things you can be proud of.

But to do those things consistently, it helps if you start very small so that they are doable and not one more thing you end up procrastinating on. Hence the title of this article:

3 Ways to Improve Your Self-Esteem in 5 Minutes or Less

If you can do something for five minutes, you can do it daily. And if you can do it daily, it can become a habit which will change your beliefs — including your beliefs about yourself — over time.

Here are three small things you can do in 5 minutes or less that will, with consistency, improve your self-esteem.

1. Keep a Self-Gratitude Diary

People with low self-esteem tend to have a negativity bias when it comes to themselves: They’re really good at noticing their flaws and shortcomings but dismissive of their successes and…



Nick Wignall

Psychologist and writer sharing practical advice for emotional health and well-being: https://thefriendlymind.com