How to Feel Better About Yourself

The best way to feel better about yourself is to learn where your sense of self-worth comes from and how to increase it. Here’s a quick self-worth test to help you get specific about how you see yourself, plus three tips on how to feel better about who you are.

First, I have to tell you about a Thomas the Tank Engine cartoon that is stuck in my mind. It shows Thomas on his side, having fallen off the train tracks. He is shouting, “I’m free! I’m free at last. I’ve fallen off the rails and I’m free!” Of course, the truth is that Thomas is far more “free” when his wheels were on the rails and he is functioning the way he was created to be.

What about you – are you functioning the way you were created to function? Are you doing what you were meant to do? If not, you’re in luck! Here, you’ll learn how to feel better about yourself by identifying where your sense of low-self worth is coming from. The “self-worth test” is a great place to start…

A Self-Worth Test

Grab a piece of scrap paper and a pen, and jot down the number that fits each statement below.

0 = Never

1 = Rarely

2 = Occasionally

3 = Sometimes

4 = Often

5 = Most of the time

For each of the items below, ask How often do I feel or think this way, or act like this?

  1. I’m really hard on myself about mistakes or oversights
  2. I don’t like who I am, who I have become
  3. I have thoughts of self-destructive actions
  4. I despair over my feelings of powerlessness
  5. I felt unloved/unwanted by my parents in ways that have not been healed
  6. I can allow others grace in ways that I will not allow for myself
  7. I think I have an inner saboteur who tries to run my life
  8. I feel shame or fear when receiving gifts, help, compliments, comfort
  9. I believe negative feedback more than positive
  10. I think that if you knew me better, you wouldn’t like me
  11. I have been cheated out of having the spouse or income or love I needed to have
  12. I compare myself to others and feel inferior in important aspects
  13. I have very little self-worth
  14. I feel like I can’t do anything right
  15. I assume people will reject me
  16. I am a perfectionist
  17. I hide being a rather strong facade
  18. I think God disapproves of me
  19. I reject compliments

Did you give yourself mostly 0’s, 1’s, 2’s, 3’s, 4’s, or 5’s? The purpose of this Self-Worth Test is for you to get a sense of how you feel about yourself.

This “Self-Worth Test” is from David Takle’s Forming: Change by Grace workbook. 

This test can give you a good sense of how to feel better about yourself. For instance, if you strongly feel that you feel powerless in your life, you might consider finding ways to increase the power you have. If you believe you’ve been cheated out of a relationship or job you needed, you might explore ways to  find the love or the work you believe you should have.

There is a path for you! You are like Thomas the Tank: you have a purpose, and God created you for a reason. Right now, your focus is getting back on track.

3 Ways to Feel Better About Yourself

How to Feel Better About Yourself

How to Feel Better About Yourself

Here on SheBlossoms, I focus on the four most important parts of your self that help you reach upwards and inwards: Creative You, Healthy You, Connected You, and Daring You. As you grow stronger and healthier in those four areas, you will find it easier to navigate rocky relationships and make good decisions for you and the people in your life.

Today, our focus is Daring You.

1. Think about who what you’ve built you’re identity around

On 7 Healthy Ways to Let Go of Someone You Love, Sandra commented that her husband cheated on her and she needs help moving on. She is understandably hurt and angry, but what struck me was that she said her husband was all she had. They’d been married for a year and a half, and she had built her whole life around him.

Building your identity on a relationship, job, possession, or your appearance is the surest way to lose your self-esteem. When something happens to that thing you treasure, your whole world will come crashing down. Maybe you already know this – and that’s why you’re here, searching for tips on how to feel better about yourself!

Where does your self-worth come from? In other words, who or what do you treasure more than anything? If you lost that person or possession, would you lose yourself?

2. Renew your sense of self-worth

Your self-worth should not be tied to any relationship, person, or possession. A relationship – whether it’s with your boyfriend, husband, parent, child, or family member – is one part of who you are. A relationship is not your identity, and it should not be the source of your self-worth. Your appearance – those beautiful eyes, that lovely smile, that trim figure – should not be why you feel good about yourself. It’s awesome to have beautiful physical characteristics (I love my curly brown hair!), but those qualities are not the essence of you.

The more you get your self-worth and identity from things outside of your true essence, the more difficult it will be to figure out how to feel better about yourself. If your self-worth is tied up in your relationship or possessions or appearance, then their failure will be a direct reflection of you.

This is one of the most important tips for feeling better about yourself: rebuild your identity and self-image. Renew your sense of self-worth. Restore your self-esteem. If you believe that your husband is all you have and you lose him, then you will never get over his infidelity. If you believe your appearance or job or car is your source of self-worth and self-esteem, then you’re feeling “good” about yourself for the wrong reasons.

Do you need a complete life overhaul? Read 10 Ways to Figure Out What to Do With Your Life.

3. Look upwards and inwards

I grew up hating myself. My mom was single and schizophrenic, and I was in and out of foster homes. I moved at least three times a year. At school, I was always on the outside, looking in – and dreading the days my mom would come to the school and embarrass me.

It wasn’t until I was about 43 years old that I figured out the true secret to feeling better (and even great!) about myself. It was when I joined a home group through my church, and studied David Takle’s Forming: Change by Grace workbook.

Tips for Feeling Better About Yourself

Tips for Feeling Better About Yourself

The key was when we were asked, “How does God see you? What does He think of you?” We were given 15 minutes to write down our thoughts. As soon as I took time to think of how God sees me – really SEE who He created me to be – I started crying. I saw this cute, bouncy, pig-tailed, ribboned, frilly-dressed joyful little girl who was thrilled to be alive! She is happy and peaceful, innocent and safe in God’s hands.

That’s what I needed. That’s how I learned how to feel better about myself. I saw myself the way God sees me. I didn’t need to try to build my self-esteem (which hadn’t worked in the past) or find ways to increase my self-worth (which I thought would happen after I got my three university degrees, a husband, and a million dollar house on a cliff on the ocean – but it didn’t).

“I’m thankful for my struggle, because without it I wouldn’t have stumbled across my strength.” ~ Alex Elle.

What to Do Next

Stop searching for tips on how to feel better about yourself! Honestly, you won’t find the answer on the internet, my friend. You’ll just feel worse and worse about yourself – especially if you spend alot of time on Facebook. I know, believe me.

Listen to the still small voice. How does God see you? What does He think of you? Take 15 minutes and write down what you hear. Step away from the computer, take out a piece of paper and a pen, and write everything down.

Remember that feeling better about yourself is a process. I learned today that salvation is what happens when you accept Jesus Christ into your heart. Sanctification is the process of becoming more Christ-like, of drawing near to God, and of filling your spirit with the joy, peace, and love that surpasses all understanding.

Tell me something you LOVE about you! Come on – I know you can think of at least one thing that’s great about you. You might also tell me why you’re searching for tips on how to feel better about yourself. What brought you here, where in the world are you, and who do you want to be?

Share your thoughts below. While I can’t offer advice, I do read every comment. Writing is a great way to figure out how you feel, and can give you insight into what you’re really struggling with.


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9 thoughts on “How to Feel Better About Yourself”

  1. I was born again 4.5 years ago and I’ve come a long way. I still get sad and down on myself at times (not always) for my past. Yes I KNOW that’s not how God sees me but I have such a huge history of rejection and trama that sometimes I wonder if it will ever all go away! I prayer diligently, read scripture and pray with others as well as read great Christian books. I’ve given it my all most of my life to be better and live better. Quite simply I just get overwhelmed at times and then I also realize how far I’ve come so I’m not down on myself all the time. In fact much less all the time. It’s such a terrifically huge journey to overcome I think sometimes exhaustion plays a role too. Any ideas or thoughts? Much appreciated. Andree J

    1. Great question, thank you Andree! And I think you signed up for Echoes of Joy, which is awesome 🙂
      You inspired me to write this – and to resurrect a past article I wrote for alive magazine.
      How Women’s Circles Help You Stop Feeling Bad About Yourself
      I’ll keep sharing more in the weekly newsletters…but think about the ideas in this blog post about women’s circles. And silent contemplative prayer (as opposed to the traditional “talking to God” types of prayer. Contemplative prayer is about experiencing God, and that is powerful and transformative!).
      With love,

  2. Hi Laurie
    I am experiencing a break up . Reading your blog has inspired me. I also feel strongly in putting Jesus Christ in the center of my life. Sometimes I struggle because I don’t feel worthy of Jesus but then I remember how much he loves me and promised to never leave me .so I Thank God .I felt alone but after reading some of your tips regarding breakups. I have to agree..

  3. Hi Laurie
    Thank you for your article, I grew up feeling empty and I’ve also filled the void with books and sometimes by holding on to people who clearly weren’t interested in getting to know me. The further they pulled away, the harder I chased but this was counter-productive because I ended up feeling worse about myself. I believe my self-worth has to come from a deeper place and whether people choose to stay or go shouldn’t affect how I feel about myself. I should therefore trust that whatever happens, I’ll be ok. The tricky part is that when I’m alone, I feel safe and I live life on my own terms but as soon as I allow people to enter my life, I give more than I receive, and I lose myself in others. I have decided to protect myself and my heart and shut people out. I can still socialise on a platonic level without opening the door completely and this keeps me safe.

  4. I answered mostly 5’s. You say stop searching for how to feel better about self…if I did that I would be more depressed about myself then I am. I can’t listen to the small voice within me because like your mother I am a “high functioning” schizophrenic. Because of the schizophrenia I believe that God hates… like really hates me so much that forgiveness is something I will never have. I have false memories that I have done awful things and I have been told none of them are real but they feel so real. I wish I didn’t think this way I wish I could let go of the reason that I think God hates me for.

  5. Hello Kathy,

    Thank you for your message – I’m glad SheBlossoms is helpful for women! Unfortunately, I don’t have any print pamphlets or booklets. Just my blogs.

    However, if you sign up for my Blossom newsletter (at the end of every blog post), you will get a weekly roundup of my articles. They’re all along the same lines as this “How to Feel Better About Yourself” post.

    Take care – and thank you for working with victims of crimes! We need women like you.


  6. I am a crime victim liaison at a PD and am finding this website extremely helpful and uplifting for victims of domestic violence. I am wondering if you have any pamphlets or other writings that i may share with victims that i assist through the process of leaving an abusive partner. Thank you so much for sharing your ideas and stories, especially those about how to feel better about yourself.