How can you boost your self esteem when we live in a society that believes that something is only valuable, beautiful, or worthy when it is validated by others? Spend time alone to validate your own self-worth. Read my article Boost Your Self Esteem for tips and post your own.
I love your idea about getting up early. When my children were little, that is what I did. It was a magical time. Now, I stay up alone. That's a good time, too. However, many evenings I am too tired to benefit from it.