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How to Boost Your Self-Esteem
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By Ayesha Choudhary
Self-esteem is how you feel and value yourself. A person with high self-esteem would feel confident about themselves even when nobody is there to provide them with compliments. We all go through times when we feel down and feel bad about ourselves. This is completely normal. However, if we are feeling disappointed with ourselves for a long period, our low self-esteem might lead to mental health problems such as depression and anxiety.
Factors that greatly influence our self-esteem would be our upbringing or experiences we had when we were children. Despite what we all went through, it is still possible to boost our self-esteem no matter how old we are. People who share a positive outlook of life might have a good self-esteem. On the contrary, people with low self-esteem often criticise themselves. They would feel upset whenever they encounter failure or setbacks in life. These people tend to avoid situations that are perceived as challenging. Victims of domestic or child abuse tend to have lower self-esteem.
With a good self-esteem, one would be able to achieve success in their endeavours. There are a few ways in which you could increase your self-esteem. The first is to identify your negative beliefs about yourself. If you have low self-esteem, try figuring out if the negative statements that you think about yourself are true. If they aren’t true, try identifying any positive traits that you possess. You could also counter negative thoughts with positive ones.
If you are mixing with people who are constantly belittling you, it is wise to avoid contact with them and be around people who are positive, encouraging and treat you well. Taking good care of your body by eating healthy and exercising would also make a tremendous difference to your self-esteem as staying healthy would make you feel good about yourself.
Improving your self-esteem would take time. Therefore, take small steps and don’t beat yourself up whenever you feel down. If you are still struggling with low self-esteem, you could also consult a licensed counsellor or therapist for professional help.
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