A high self-esteem is essential to living a healthy and happy life. One way to increase your self-esteem is to practice taking care of yourself and to wake up everyday saying to yourself I am worth it regardless of your flaws or imperfections. Improving your self-esteem requires being able to recognize your strengths and weaknesses while at the same time having the ability to improve your weaknesses. Positive self-talk is a resource that can prevent you from having an unrealistic self image and can motivate you to accomplish a goal that you are currently working towards. In addition having the ability to forgive and not comparing yourself to others can put an end to the cycle of negative thinking. Another strategy is to exercise when you are not feeling so good about yourself because exercise creates both physical and mental empowerment. Ultimately you have to remind yourself about all your strengths instead of only thinking about your weaknesses which can provide a more realistic perspective of yourself.