Low Self-Esteem And What You Can Do About It
People usually think a lot about themselves, but they don't actually think about themselves on a deeper level than they already do. Their personal thoughts usually involve simple things like things they do, the things they like and the things they wish to accomplish in the future. Deeper thoughts, however, involve taking a better look at themselves.
This insight into one's self is more or less evaluating self esteem. Self esteem is a term describing the process of reflecting upon your overall emotional evaluation of self worth. It's a judgment and a type of attitude held against oneself. Self esteem can encompass many emotions like triumph, pride and shame, in addition to several self imposed beliefs.
It's important to have some form of self esteem, since having low self esteem can affect many aspects of your life, including your health and even your job.
If you want to improve your low self esteem, start looking at the things that make your self esteem essentially deflate. These common causes are typically situations and/or people that cause a significant mental and physical impact in a person's life.
You can actually identify these causes and develop better self esteem—here's a few tips to help you get started:
- Find out what bothers you. There's several situations that can cause you to develop low self esteem, though it mainly involves some aspect of losing control over your life. If you can identify these situations, it's best to start understanding why these things bother you in the first place.
- Start becoming more aware of your thinking. Your thinking can drive your mental troubles, to the point of it negatively impacting your life. Pay more attention to how you think about the previously mentioned situations, as it can reveal a lot about what stifles your self esteem.
- Challenge yourself. You can't move past your negative thoughts without challenging them in some way. This includes recognizing and confronting thinking patterns that impact healthy self esteem.
- Change your thoughts and beliefs. After understanding why your thoughts impact how you perceive yourself, it's best to start changing these same thoughts into something positive. This usually starts with injecting some form of positivity in your life, starting with positive thinking and actually becoming more proactive in your life.
Developing better self esteem is a long process that can be difficult, though not outright hard. As long as you can believe you can change your negative thinking, your self esteem will eventually morph into something much healthier.