What is Low Self-Esteem and What Can You Do About it?

Self-esteem can be described as an opinion we have of ourself. Most of us have mixed opinions of ourselves, but if your overall opinion is that you are inadequate in some way, your self-esteem may be low. Having a low self-esteem can have a negative impact on your relationships. People with healthy self-esteem feel good about and value themselves. They also take pride in their abilities and enjoy sharing their talents with others. Perhaps most importantly, those with healthy self-esteem acknowledge their imperfections but do not put to much emphasis on their limitations. The good news is low self-esteem can be updated. Keep reading to learn about a few ways to do it.

  1. Focus on Accomplishments and Forget Perfection

The truth is perfection simply does not exist. One will never have the perfect relationship, job, child, or house. It is better to focus our attention and efforts on your accomplishments. Celebrate your achievements and keep track of them in a journal so you can always refer to it and see how accomplished you are.

2. Set Realistic Expectations

Having unrealistic expectations of yourself or how the world works is a surefire way to lower your self-esteem. Remember to take into account that life throws curveballs. Don't set yourself up for failure by having unrealistic expectations.

3. Do Not Compare Yourself to Others

Nothing hurts our self-esteem faster than unfair comparisons. Others may make more money than you, have more Instagram followers or toned arms, but they do not have your experiences. Though it's a tough habit to break, it's important to stop comparing yourself to others and, instead, celebrate how unique you are.

If you are struggling with low self-esteem, speaking with a counselor can help. If you or a loved one is interested in exploring treatment, please contact me today. I would be happy to speak with you about how I may be able to help.

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