Low Self-esteem, what is it? Well self-esteem is what you think about yourself.
So if you don’t think much of yourself then you have a low self esteem.
We all feel a little inadequate and lost at some time in our life: especially if we have made a mistake or have done something really stupid.
The thing is for most people this feeling of inadequacy doesn’t last for long: the reason why this is because most people realize that they are only human, and are bound at one time or another to make a mistake.
The people who think like this when they make a mistake – and learn a lesson from their mistake – and then try again are called optimist.
These people realize that to achieve anything in life there will always be obstacles to overcome, but they see these obstacles as challenges rather than the end of things.
On the other hand there is a minority of people that don’t take this point of view. These people are of a pessimistic point of view.
They always see themselves in a bad light. These are the kind of people that always think that they can’t do anything right, and there is no point in trying to change.
They suffer from low self-esteem. The thing is with having low self-esteem is that it is like the plague (very transmittable).
Some people who come in contact with negative thinking people often go away feeling bad about themselves. That is because they are sensitive and so, are more prone to absorb negative energy into their aura.
Having a lack of self-esteem hinders a person’s right to a fulfilling and constructive life.
But, the good news is that there are simple ways of immensely enhancing your self-esteem and self-confidence.
Building Self-Esteem 5 Tips
First tip, list all your good points:
Write a list of all the things you appreciate about your body – things like, “I have great strong and lustrous hair,” or “I have a nice set of strong white teeth,” or “I hardly ever get ill.”
Once you have done this then look at this list of sentences that you have written down at least every hour. Then repeat the sentences aloud to yourself at least ten times before going to sleep. Keep the list with you until you believe in what you are saying. Remember nearly everyone has some good points.
Second tip, don’t compare yourself to others:
Remember you must never compare yourself to other people it is a big mistake. Everyone is unique! Everyone is good at something even if it is just lying in bed all day doing nothing. The best thing to do is not to think about how well other people are doing, but to improve on what you already have skill wise. Improve on yourself!
Third tip, act as if you already have a high esteem:
When you start to feel that feeling of uncertainty about doing something, or you are in a particular situation that you feel uncomfortable in. Think of an extremely confident and positive person.
This person could be either a famous film star, or a friend even a confident comic book character. Just think of anyone you admire. Now all you need to do is think of what they would do in your situation and then just act as they would. This is how actors become different characters in films, all by using their imagination.
Fourth tip, helping the less fortunate:
One of the best ways of building self-esteem is by helping other people who are less fortunate than you are. Helping the less fortunate will automatically build your self-esteem because you will feel good about yourself for doing something positive with your life. There are many charities and soup kitchens that are crying out for help.
Fifth tip, look at the positive side of things:
See if you can see the positive side to a negative situation. Remember your self-esteem will not improve by a pessimistic view. A good example of seeing things positively is if you lose your job. Don’t think of it as the end of your life see it as a gate way to try something completely new.
Low Self-Esteem and Mental Health
Low self esteem is not a recognised mental health problem, but having low self-esteem can lead eventually to mental health problems.
People with low self-esteem have negative thinking patterns, like assuming that they will fail at everything they do. Thinking like this can over time develop into a mental health problem, such as anxiety or depression.
Having low self-esteem can make it very hard for a person to complete tasks, like completing a job application or even starting a new hobby. It stops a person from leading the life they want, thus depression and frustration develops over time.
Remember don’t let fear stop you from putting these tips into practice. If you follow them you will be on the way to having increased self-esteem. I have listed some useful resources at the bottom of this article for further help.