What is self-esteem?
Self-esteem is a deep down emotion and feeling you have about yourself. Your self-esteem starts when you are in your childhood stages, and last through your whole life. Your self-esteem reflects how you feel and think about yourself. If you have high self-esteem, it will show through your attitude, people gravitate to those who have high self-esteem. When you have low self-esteem, your outlook on life is dark and the feelings you have about yourself are gloomy, and people may not want to be around you.
What is low self-esteem?
When you have low self-esteem, your outlook on life can be very harsh. Instead of having pleasant thoughts about yourself, you think about yourself in negative ways. Low self-esteem often occurs when you're very young, and your classmates make fun of the way you dress, talk, and interact with others. When you are an adult, your low self-esteem can be a result of many things, such as losing your job, problems in your marriage, and life challenges that you think you've failed to meet.
Consequences of low self-esteem
When you have low self-esteem, it can ruin everything positive you have going in your life. People with low self-esteem are normally in bad moods, and interacting with others can be a very daunting experience. Low self-esteem can cause depression, insecurity, and low confidence. The more you lose your self-esteem, the more you will feel like everything you do is a failure. Having low self-esteem can cause you to lose important relationships with friends, family, and co-workers. Low self-esteem can cause your performance at work to suffer, and you may lose your job.
Improving your self-esteem
Building your self-esteem is the key to getting your life back on track. If you have low self-esteem there's no way for you to be the person you want to be. Forgetting your past failures is the most important part of boosting your confidence. You can't change things that happened in your past, so concentrate on things you can do today that will help your life in the future. Remind yourself of your strengths and accomplishments, and make a list of things you like about yourself. Another important factor in reviving your self-esteem is to forgive yourself for past and future failures. Everyone fails at something every once and a while, so look at it as a road block that you have to get through. When you have a successful moment, reward yourself by doing things that you enjoy doing. If all else fails, talk to a therapist or counselor, they will help you find out why your self-esteem is low, and help you boost your confidence.
When you have high self-esteem, people can see the confidence you have in yourself, and they will treat you better. People with high self-esteem are able to except the fact that they are going to fail at certain things in life, and are ready to face their challenges. Everybody at some point in their life are met with unwanted criticism, but it's easy for people with high self-esteem to take the negatives and turn them into positives. People with high self-esteem are not worried about failing, being manipulated or looking stupid, they learn from their mistakes and move on.
If your self-esteem is low, remember that life is all about up's and down's, and it's up to you to make the changes in your life that will allow your inner strength to help you meet all challenges that life has to offer.
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