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Please help with low self esteem and no self confidence(r/washingtondc)
The winter months are especially hard. People say this ad nauseum, but start exercising. That could be hitting the gym or just going for a morning jog. Depending where you live, try and go for daily walks too. I started consistently exercising about two years ago and it helps me a lot.
For overall mental health, if you feel life is getting to be a bit much, maybe look into seeing a therapist. They can help give you tools to overcome certain emotions you are feeling and help identify things that arise. Other routes are meditation,. I used to pay for Headspace and highly recommend it, but plenty of free stuff out there too. Lastly, consider looking into self-help books. This genre gets eye rolls from time to time, but I’ve found a few books that have helped me understand my mental and emotional health. I recommend Feeling Good as a good place to start.
Regarding the loss of a girlfriend, everyone tackles that differently. Dating in DC is brutal, but when I was actively in the online dating scene, it was a lot of fun. I went in with no expectations, a positive attitude, and I met a lot of interesting women. Sometimes we’d date for awhile, other times it would fizzle out, and a few times I’ve made genuine friends. In the end, online dating was more about self discovery of what I really look for in a partner.
As for friends, check out the weekly Reddit happy hour. It would be a low pressure option to meet new people.
Overall, whatever you choose to do, there is no magic bullet and it’s better to take an overall holistic approach to improving your situation.