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What Is Self-Esteem?
Your self-esteem is your complete view of yourself and how you feel about it.
We can achieve anything if we believe we can do it and that’s how we define healthy self-esteem.
We all know that believing in ourselves and embracing ourselves for who we are is necessary to succeed, have relationships, and have happiness, and that self-esteem is important to live a happy and content life.
Self-esteem is not fixed. It keeps fluctuating with our life experiences and various factors affecting it.
Let’s first understand what affects our self-esteem.
Factors That Influence Self-Esteem
- Thought process and mindset
- Peer pressure
- Parental involvement
- Status in society
- Life experiences
- Academic performance
- Financial Stability
Variation Of Self-Esteem
We all have phases of feeling bad about ourselves and phases of feeling good about ourselves and it’s pretty natural.
Considering the extremes of this, we mainly classify self-esteem in two parts:
- Low self-esteem
- Healthy self-esteem
Low self-esteem is associated with negative outcomes and a lack of faith in ourselves.
A person with low self-esteem tends to ignore their positive qualities and judge themselves on the basis of what they consider to be perfect. You might doubt every decision you make which leads to overthinking.
They keep Blaming themselves when things go wrong instead of taking action to rectify them. You might think of the negative side even when you have positive things around you.
People with healthy self-esteem are highly motivated because they believe they are capable of doing what they want and they can tackle every situation in life.
They acknowledge their mistakes and work on them when they fail instead of being depressed about the same.
If you know that the past is history and it is not supposed to control the present action then you definitely have a positive approach which is the main characteristic of confidence.
How To Build Self-Esteem?
When you respect yourself and have healthy self-esteem, you accomplish everything you dream of.
Here is a list of things That can help you to build healthy confidence in yourself:
- Every time you criticise yourself or judge yourself about everything you do, counter your thoughts and try practising affirmations which will help to build positive energy around you.
- Believe you deserve it when people compliment you .
- Always think of yourself as a friend who is going to help you lead a healthy life and make awesome decisions.
- Someone comments negatively about you instead of overthinking, think of how you can rectify that habit and change it to a positive comment.
- Read one self-help book every month that will charge your mind.
- Seek out support and advice when you feel low and share your thoughts with your trusted ones.
Continue to take those baby steps, then make simple decisions and achieve little things to boost your self-esteem. As you keep doing this, you’ll find yourself pushing to higher limits and taking even more risks.
Don’t forget to keep your confidence in check!
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Sharvari is a CSE undergrad and an author at Evolve. She is a dreamer. An explorer of life which she showcases in her writing. She writes to share, to learn and to be heard!