How we regard our own self-worth is important. The the opinion we have of ourselves, whether positive or negative, describes our self-esteem and sense of identity.
What is Self-Esteem?
Self-esteem is the term that describes how a person feels about themselves. It can also be called self-worth or self-respect and affects our personal sense of value.
There are a number of factors that can affect our self-esteem including:
Types of Self-Esteem
A person can either have hi or low self-esteem.
Having a high level of self-esteem means you can recognise your good qualities.
Low self-esteem is when you feel negatively about yourself.
How to Improve Self-Esteem
Our self-esteem is not static — it can change according to our life experiences, changes in our health as we get older, and other changes in our personal life. We can also take steps to improve our self-esteem as follows:
- Stop comparing yourself with other people — whether those you believe are ‘better’ than you in some aspect or those you feel are ‘inferior’ in some way. The only person you are responsible for is yourself!
- Each time you talk negatively about yourself, challenge these beliefs and negative comments. Ask yourself: “Is this really true?” “Am I being too hard on myself?” “Would I say this to someone else?”
- Keep busy. Occupy your time with a hobby, take up a new sport or pastime, redecorate the house, do some gardening. When we are busy we have little time to dwell on negative things.
- Take care of your physical health. When we feel physically low, we feel mentally tired. Make sure you eat a healthy diet and take plenty of exercise. Get a good night’s sleep and cut back on your alcohol intake. Do not resort to drink or drugs as a pick-me-up.
- Set yourself some challenging, but manageable goals. You will get a real boost if you manage to reach your target, whatever it may be.