How To Improve

Your Self Esteem

Low Self Esteem?

Our self-esteem is how we value and perceive ourselves.

How May You Feel?

If you have low self-esteem you may feel:

  • like you hate or dislike yourself
  • worthless or not good enough
  • unable to make decisions or assert yourself
  • like no one likes you
  • you blame yourself for things that aren't your fault
  • guilt for spending time or money on yourself
  • unable to recognise your strengths
  • undeserving of happiness
  • low in confidence.

Having little self-belief can stop you from living the life you want to live. If you think your low self-esteem is impacting on your life, take a look at our tips on improving your self-esteem:

  • Think about what is affecting your self-esteem
  • Avoid negative self-talk
  • Connect with people who love you
  • Learn to be assertive
  • Set yourself a challenge
  • Focus on your positives
  • Take care of yourself
  • Get support if things get too much
Think About What Is Affecting Your Self Esteem

What affects our self-esteem differs for everyone.

Your confidence may have been lowered after a difficult experience or series of negative life event, such as:

  • being bullied or abused
  • losing your job or difficulty finding employment
  • ongoing stress
  • physical illness
  • mental health problems
  • a difficult relationship, separation or divorce

Or you may have had low self-esteem for as long as you can remember. If this is the case, it can be hard to recognise how you feel and make changes to challenge your low self-belief.

My self esteem has almost disappeared.... I don't know how to interact with people anymore and find it hard to enjoy the things that I like.

But whatever the cause, it can be helpful to remind yourself that you have the right to feel good about who you are. It can be difficult to break habits but there are steps you can take to feel better about yourself, bit by bit.

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