Self-esteem: What to know and 3 ways to improve yours

Updated: Oct 31, 2021

Did you know that your level of self-esteem can be connected to the level of hope you have for yourself and the world around you? High-self esteem is liked to positive mental health and overall wellness. Read on to learn more about the concept of self-esteem and to learn 3 ways to improve yours!

What is Self-Esteem?

Many of us might find ourselves being self-critical at times. You might wonder if this is a sign of low self-esteem.

How do you bounce back from self-critical thoughts? If negative thoughts about yourself make you question your value as a person, you might be struggling with low-self esteem.

Keep in mind, low self-esteem and depression are not the same thing. Low self-esteem could be a risk factor for depression, but these two things are not one and the same.

Depression is a mental health condition while self-esteem can be defined as the way you think and feel about yourself. Self-esteem, like many things in life, can look different from person to person.

Self-esteem is an internal experience, in your thoughts and feelings, and it can be impacted by things that happen in your world. Events that are in your control or even outside of your control can affect your self-esteem.

3 Ways to Improve Your Self-Esteem

When you have high self-esteem, the positive thoughts you have about yourself will outweigh the negative thoughts you have about yourself. Also, you will have an easier time acknowledging the positive characteristics of yourself!

If you are struggling with low self-esteem, there are many things you can do to start improving your self-esteem today. Here are 3 ideas to help you get started:

1. Give yourself grace: start working to actively forgive yourself for mistakes, past pains, and regrets. No one is perfect. No one. When you find yourself in a negative headspace, ask yourself if you are being fair and if this type of thinking is realistic.

2. Be open to kindness from others: low self-esteem can be like a filter in our lives. When you think negatively about yourself you are more likely to discount your positive characteristics. Notice any urges to shut down praise and instead listen to the words of others without any judgment, good or bad.

3. Turn to your community: Sometimes you might find that it is hard to find balance in your thoughts when you are struggling with difficult emotions. When you are struggling reach out to those that care about you and will be honest with you. We do not all have the community we need at all times, so do not disregard seeking professional help, too!

Therapists, faith leaders, and other types of professional guides can work with you to gain skills to decrease negative thoughts and help you reach your wellness goals.

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