Write a “have-done” list instead of a “to-do” list
Admit it: Staring at a mile-long to-do list is a panic attack waiting to happen. Put your list-making skills to good use by flipping it around and writing a have-done list, naming all the things you’ve accomplished recently, suggests Lisa Hutchison, a licensed mental health counselor. And they don’t have to be big things! Even seeing “paid electric bill” or “remembered to feed dog” as done will give you a little boost, reminding you of what a superstar you really are. (Have you done any of these 30 easy tasks that will start your day off right?) Sometimes it just takes seeing it in black and white to make you realize everything you really accomplish, she says.
Rethink your Netflix queue
For anyone who’s ever watched HGTV and felt bad about their home, listened to a fitness podcast and pinched their fat, or seen the latest documentary and felt bad about every life choice they’ve ever made: Turn. It. Off. (Even if it’s supposed to be “inspiring”!) What you choose to watch or listen to in movies, music, TV, and the Internet can have a powerful effect on how you feel about yourself so don’t be afraid to skip it to something that will make you feel better about yourself, suggests Natasha Oates, a licensed therapist, relationship coach, and international speaker. Need ideas? Check out these 27 inspiring resolutions you’ll want to keep.
Take your face off of Facebook
Scrolling endlessly through your social media feeds is one of the fastest ways to tank your self-worth, especially if you’re prone to comparing your worst to other people’s best. You may worry that if you skip social media you’ll miss out on important things, so you can try simply culling your “friends” lists to your actual friends—the people who build you up. “As you change the people in your life will have to adjust,” Oates says. “Some may feel threatened by your new-found esteem. Pay attention to that.” Read what happened when one woman quit Facebook—and why she’s never going back.