Low Self-Esteem is very much a mental issue and not something that can be fixed with a simple pill or pat on the back. This generally develops over time and is caused by our environment; more specifically those who we surround ourselves with.
On top of this pop culture has created an idealistic world with certain characteristics for being the “perfect” person in terms of physical appearance, education and qualifications, financial success and love life; the list goes on and on.
While we all struggle to reach the high expectations placed upon us within society some people deal with it better than others. Once your confidence is low it is hard to bring it back up. The importance of self-esteem is significant, without it you may never fulfil your potential in any endeavour. Here are ways in which you can help turn you low self-esteem around and become confident in who you are.
- Step out of your comfort zone – It is often an easy solution for people with low self-esteem to separate themselves from others and retreat into isolation where they feel no ridicule or social anxiety. This only increases the problem as you spend more time going over your “flaws” and exaggerating every little aspect of your body and personality which you perceive as unacceptable. Going out with your friends, accepting invitations to events and joining clubs are just some of the ways to put yourself out there and meet new people.
- Make an effort – One major factor in people’s confidence levels is their appearance and how they judge the way they look. There is a general perception of what is beautiful in the media – this needs to be taken with a pinch of sale, as the old saying goes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. You should however strive to look after yourself by exercising regularly and eating right. This is not just for physical improvements but also for healthier ways of living which in turn increase your energy levels and feelings of happiness. Working out also acts as a distraction from any concerns you are currently experiencing.
- Seek Help – Sometimes it is best to visit a professional counsellor who can offer impartial advice. This can be hard to do if you struggle to accept criticism as it is but overall it will only benefit you in the long run. The reasons behind your low self-esteem can be explored and once identified it is much easier to deal with. You might also have a lot of feelings built up which you have been unable to divulge to friends or family due to a variety of reasons. A counsellor will offer you solutions to work on your issues and gradually improve your confidence step-by-step.
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