Understanding and Overcoming Low Self-Esteem

Low self-esteem is something that I’ve struggled with for many of years. The majority of the reason behind my low self-esteem was because I was bullied through grade school and high school. There are still some times that I still struggle with it – days when it’s a bit more difficult to love myself but I still look in the mirror and tell myself that I am beauitful (believe me, it works).

So, what exactly is low self-esteem? Or even self-esteem in general? Well, self-esteem is the confidence you have in your own worth and abilities. This means that low self-esteem is when your confidence levels are low. Some people believe that depression and self-esstem are synonymous, but they in fact aren’t. Depression and low self-esteem are correlated – they are related in some way. I know for me, when my self-esteem is low, I find myself feeling a bit depressed and down.

The image you have in your mind of yourself can be difficult to change. Here are a few tips on how to help you fix that:

Listen to your inner monologue. Often times when your self-esteem is low, your inner monologue is negative. What I like to do is challenge that thought. So when I have a negative thought, I stop and think about it. I question myself, challenge it – see if it’s actually true (even though I know it’s not.) This creates positive thinking.

Look in the mirror and remind yourself of your worth. This is by far the most difficult one to do. I found that it was because you are standing  in front of a mirror, looking at yourself, shouting down all of the demons and thoughts that cloud your mind with negativity.

Don’t compare yourself to others. This causes you to more focused on the competition you create within your mind – wanting to be better. Rather than focusing on others, focus on yourself – do the best that YOU can do.

The most important advice I could give you is to love yourself and know you are beautiful. I can tell you hundred times, but you have to believe it for yourself. So look in the mirror and tell yourself just how awesome you are!

 

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Alex Newton is a nursing student and mental health advocate. She grew up in a  small town and plans on moving to London, England one day and open up her own  health practice. She has a cat named Maya who she adopted whilst going through  some difficulties. She’s a daughter, sister, and warrior who enjoys a nice cuppa tea.

 

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