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Low Self-Esteem: Understanding and Overcoming the Feeling

Self-esteem refers to the evaluation of one's own worth and value as a person. Low self-esteem, also known as self-doubt or self-worth issues, is a common problem that affects people of all ages and backgrounds.

Symptoms of Low Self-Esteem

Low self-esteem can manifest in several ways, including:

  • Negative self-talk: constant criticism and belittlement of oneself

  • Insecurity: feeling inadequate and unworthy compared to others

  • Avoidance of challenges: fear of failure or rejection leading to avoiding new opportunities or experiences

  • Perfectionism: setting unrealistic expectations for oneself

  • Relationships difficulties: difficulty forming and maintaining healthy relationships

Causes of Low Self-Esteem

Low self-esteem can be caused by a variety of factors, including:

  • Childhood experiences: past traumatic experiences, such as abuse or neglect, can impact one's self-worth.

  • Family dynamics: family environment, such as negative or critical parents, can also contribute to low self-esteem.

  • Cultural factors: societal and cultural standards can lead to feelings of not measuring up.

  • Mental health conditions: conditions like depression and anxiety can impact self-esteem.


Overcoming Low Self-Esteem

Low self-esteem is a common problem, but it is treatable. Here are some tips for improving self-esteem:

  • Practice self-care: engage in activities that make you feel good about yourself, such as exercise, hobbies, or spending time with friends.

  • Challenge negative self-talk: recognize and challenge negative thoughts about yourself and replace them with positive ones.

  • Practice gratitude: focus on what you are grateful for in your life, rather than what you lack.

  • Set achievable goals: strive for small, realistic goals that will boost your confidence and self-esteem.

  • Seek support: talk to a trusted friend, family member, or mental health professional about your feelings.

Low self-esteem can be a challenging issue, but it is treatable. With the right tools and support, anyone can improve their self-esteem and lead a fulfilling life. Remember to be kind to yourself, focus on your strengths and accomplishments, and seek help if you need it. Our therapists based in Preston & Penwortham offer a variety of therapies to help overcome low self-esteem including compassion focused therapy, psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, life coaching and counselling.

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