Monday, May 29, 2023

Dealing With Low Self Esteem

    
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    Occasionally, we lose self-confidence when we don't feel good about ourselves. The lack of confidence is okay, but it can harm your self-esteem over time if unmanaged.

Self-Esteem

    Self-esteem pertains to the opinion we give ourselves. We feel more confident when our self-esteem is healthy. We view ourselves positively and handle situations whether challenging or rewarding. On the other hand, we see ourselves negatively. We become critical and doubtful when our self-esteem is low. It affects how we handle situations negatively.

Low Self-Esteem Causes

    Having low self-esteem can develop during childhood. A child who has grown up with parents who constantly criticize his every move can develop low self-esteem. It makes the growing child do everything to live up to his parent's expectations while not learning to handle difficult situations independently. Continuous negative responses to every action a child makes cause him to develop low self-esteem because he will grow up thinking that everything he does is not enough.

Living With Low Self-Esteem

    Living with low self-esteem affects how you make decisions in your life. The feeling that you are not good enough makes it difficult to decide. It’s because your brain automatically gives you the impression that your decision will not please everyone so you will avoid it. Avoiding every challenging situation might make you feel safe and secure however, it can make you doubtful. Negative thoughts may fill your mind making you anxious.

Improving Self-Esteem

    Improving your self-esteem is not difficult if you have the right mindset. There are ways to have healthy self-esteem.

1. Identify Your Strengths
    Counter the negative thoughts and start focusing on your strengths. People with low self-esteem neglect to appreciate their strengths while anticipating negative feedback from other people. Learn to appreciate your talents, skills, and physical appearance to have a more positive outlook in life.

2. Learn to Say No
    Agreeing to something you don’t want is draining. You need to think carefully before agreeing to do something you don’t want to. Learning to say no can be your first step to start giving yourself the importance you deserve. Sometimes, it is necessary to consider your preferences before thinking of other people's opinions about you.

3. Be Yourself
    Stop comparing yourself to others and set a standard of your own. You don't need to follow fashion trends or the style of your coolest friend. Every one has his taste. You can wear your style regardless of others’ opinions as long as it gives you comfort and confidence. Moreover, don’t envy your friends' achievements. Bear in mind that everyone has differences and pacing on his timeline.

4. Reward Yourself
    People with low self-esteem often have negative opinions about themselves. It can be uncomfortable to hear compliments, but accepting simple praises can greatly boost your self-esteem. Don’t be too harsh on yourself. Rewarding yourself with things that can improve your self-esteem is good for your mental health.

5. Be With Positive People
    Be with people who make you feel good and distance yourself from those who always have negative things to say about you. You will feel more empowered when you surround yourself with positive people. It reduces anxiety and stress which can boost your self-esteem.

Dealing With Low Self Esteem

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