Health & Wellbeing

Lack of self esteem? Try these tips

Self esteem is your own personal view of yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally.  Everyone has a different view of themselves, but true us, keeping a positive outlook will benefit you more than a negative one. 

Many people suffer from low self esteem for a variety of reasons and we’ve all had a different journey.  Remember, the only one who can make you excel is you and no one else.  The same goes for self esteem.  The only person who can build you up—or consequentially tear down your self esteem is you – but of course, hopefully not the latter of the two!  Although other people might be able to influence you in the end it’s always about you!

People have low esteem for a variety of reasons.  Some ipeople suffer from poor body image and focus on all the negative things about how they look.  Others have emotional issues that have caused their self esteem to drop or feel themselves unworthy of any praise.  For whatever reasons your self esteem may falter, the key to building it up again is to find the root of the problem.  Think of self esteem like a house, if you build a stunning house on a poor foundation, the entire structure will crumble.  However, if you take steps to ensure the foundation is strong and capable of holding anything, the process may be slow, but your self esteem will be built soundly.  

Are you the kind of person who loves a self help book?  The number of available options on the market is phenomenal, and you’re sure to find one on a topic that deals with your specific issues.  Check out your local library or book store and explore their “self help” section for a book that you may find helpful.  It is quite unlikely you will find the answers to all your problems in a book, but you may find it helpful to know others are in your same boat and you are certainly not alone. 

A main factor in self esteem is negativity.  Negative thoughts can pervade your confidence and crumble your self esteem.  If you find yourself surrounded by negative people or in a negative situation, try to best remedy the problem.  Similarly, a negative workplace environment can lower your self esteem with colleagues or bosses finding fault with your work.  Maybe you have a friend who is consistently negative with all surrounding him or her.  Whatever the source, distancing yourself from the negativity when you are able will help greatly – obviously this won’t always be possible

Strive to surround yourself with positive people when you can and you may just find that a little positive thinking starts to rub off on how you feel about yourself. However you choose to begin building your self esteem, do so today!  Remember, you are an important and worthy person and should treat yourself as such.

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