What is self-esteem? In essence, it is how much you like, accept and respect yourself. Self-esteem refers to how you think and feel about yourself. The more positive your thoughts and feelings are, the healthier your self-esteem will be. Conversely, negative thoughts and feelings have a detrimental impact on your overall well being.
Thus, self-image and self-esteem are intertwined. You can think of your self-image as the marker on which the opinion of yourself is based. In other words, a positive self-image is conducive to positive self-esteem.
Feeling good about yourself is a vital aspect of feeling in control of your life. Other aspects of your life will feel the benefits. More fulfilling relationships. Allows you to set realistic expectations of yourself and not the perceived expectations of others. Feeling good about yourself can give you confidence in realising your goals in life.
Having a low opinion of yourself can give you a distorted viewpoint on who you really are. And the end result can be total lack of confidence, negative speculation and yes, low self-esteem.
Your self-esteem is based upon your life experiences. If you were constantly put down, constantly criticized and told you were not as good as so and so, this will impact your self-esteem in a way that you start to question your validity. If enough people undermine you, you can start to believe the hype. Do not believe the hype. If you have been surrounded by a positive environment, your chances of a higher self-esteem level are more likely.
Some Common Signs Of Low Self-Esteem :
. Being overly self-conscious and a feeling of being inferior to others.
. Unable to be assertive and prone to being hurt by criticism.
. Incapable of making an honest evaluation of strengths, qualities and capabilities.
. Struggles with accepting compliments or acknowledgement from others.
. Struggles with a sense of self-identity and adjusts their personality to blend in.
. Insecure, fearful and anxious in the company of others.
. Fearful of opposition to their opinion out of fear of rejection.
. Being a 'people pleaser' and finds it difficult to say no.
. Replaying conversations in their head. Thinking they said the wrong thing.
. Avoiding new experiences because they think they will look stupid.
. Feelings of frustration, bitterness and resentment towards others.
. Distancing themselves from society and becoming reclusive.
. More inclined to mental health issues and the usage of addictive substances to mask the pain.
Some Questions To Determine If You Might Have Low Self-Esteem :
. Do you like yourself?
. Do you think you're a good person?
. Are you someone worthy of love?
. Are you entitled to be happy?
If you find it difficult to say 'yes' to the above questions, you might be struggling with your self-image, your self-worth, your self-esteem. I leave you to think this over and in the next posting, I shall discuss the various positive resources and distractions that can be implemented if you are experiencing low self-esteem.
We must understand that recognising our validity is something we must cherish, nurture and let blossom. Peace and positivity, be with you.