A Fresh Start: How to Improve Self Esteem in a New Environment
Change is never easy, especially when you’re making a big decision to tackle a goal you’ve always wanted to accomplish, but never had the courage to do. Going from familiarity to unfamiliarity is overwhelming, and it can change the way you think about yourself and others. Whether it’s moving to a new city, starting at a new school or changing careers, it takes time to get acclimated to a new environment. Feeling insecure about your appearance because of your acne scars can add a whole new layer of stress to your daily life, too.
We’re here to help you along the way with your journey, and it is my hope that this simple, three-step guide can improve your self-esteem and make your transition a little less daunting.
- Be patient. Stay calm. Breathe. Repeat. Just because the IT Manager sitting next to you at your new job was less than friendly, or your professor at school seems cold, it doesn’t mean they actually are. Try to stay positive and remember that it will take time to get used to the new aspects of your life. Immediately judging the situation won’t fix anything, and it helps to keep an open mind. You’ll be more likely to try new things and meet new people or coworkers if you do. The more patient and positive you are the less stressed you’ll feel about your appearance and surroundings.
- Join a group or club. Whether it’s the office book club or an after school sports team, such activities can help you meet new people that have similar interests. Making friends when you’re the “new person” is extremely beneficial for you mentally, too. Loneliness is one of the major causes of depression, and although you may initially feel like an outcast, new friendships will make you feel more accepted and welcomed. Don’t worry if you don’t find your BFF right away either—friendships take time and trust to develop, so be patient!
- Take care of yourself. This applies both physically and mentally. Starting a new career or changing schools can be very nerve-racking. Adequate sleep can help reduce stress and a healthy diet will make you feel and look better. The better you feel about your appearance, the more confident you’ll be, and others will take notice. You don’t have to drastically change your life to achieve this, and it could be as simple as a new haircut, workout routine or acne scar treatment that gets you on the right path.
Feel empowered to reach out to a professional as you make transitions in your life—they’re here to help!