A Part of Living: Self-Esteem

Living a “normal” carefree life can be kind of hard in this world. An individual can encounter obstacles one after another, whether they be internal or external. Sometimes, an external conflict can cause an internal conflict, in some cases, this conflict is low self-esteem.

Self-esteem is defined as “confidence in one’s own worth or abilities; self-respect.”  This internal conflict is caused by multiple different things, but the main cause is constant degradation from another individual or from the individual themselves. Self-esteem can be the thing that makes or breaks what an individual can accomplish. This one little factor can be the confidence that gets you, your next job, or the thing that helps you set the path ahead of yourself. Self-esteem can also drag you into a place that no one wants to be; it can lead to bad life choices and can affect loved ones around you.

Low self-esteem can lead to depression, anxiety and even mental health issues. I have struggled with self-esteem issues for a very long time. Having others put you down, being constantly hard on yourself; it only drives it forward, and can take the qualities that makes you, your own individual away from you. It can take hopes, dreams, and the path you’ve started to pave, and leave you lost.

I once had a therapist that told me that you are your own best friend, and you need to be the best support for yourself and mental health. Having others around can help; it’s always nice to find people that encourage you to walk the path that you want to walk, or that encourage you to be whatever person you want to be, or weird things that you like doing. Humans are naturally social creatures, and we thrive around others; there are times though, when all we have to rely on is ourselves. We need to make sure we can stand and that we can keep walking when no ones around or when there’s others that do not support you, rather put you down.

In some cases, your mindset is everything, and determine what you can do. Achieving a high, or average self-esteem, can be difficult for some, but not impossible. Some ideas can be anything in the list included below:

  1. Think about what is affecting your self-esteem.
  2. Avoid negative self-talk.
  3. Connect with people who love you.
  4. Learn to be assertive.
  5. Set yourself a challenge.
  6. Focus on your positives.
  7. Take care of yourself.

And there are many more different ways to help and build your self-esteem. Just remember, self esteem is one of the primary building blocks to make you the person you want to be. Take the time to give yourself credit, and take care of yourself and mental health. Don’t forget the others around you struggling with the same problems as well. Sometimes all an individual needs is someone to reach out a helping hand, and this all can lead one step closer to a more peaceful world, or at least help make your own life better.

 

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