Suggestions for improving your sense of independence and self-esteem:

  • Schedule time for yourself and participate in a variety of cultural, physical, and community activities.
  • Work on letting go of your perfectionism and changing all -or- nothing thinking.
  • Hire someone to help you with laundry or housework (if financially feasible).
  • Learn how to say "no."
  • Creating your private space in the house (such as a study).
  • Schedule time with people who appear to have a healthy self-esteem. Having positive role models helps the learning process.
  • Realize that being independent does not mean never needing help.
  • Realize you don't have to solve everyone else's problems.
  • Nurture yourself by taking time for a warm bath.
  • Remember that exercise releases natural chemicals that contribute to feelings of relaxation and pleasure.
  • Schedule a professional massage.
  • Remember that if you always give to others and not to yourself most likely you will end up feeling angry and resentful.
  • Realize that you are an important person.
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