Self-esteem refers to your self-worth and how you feel about yourself. Even though low self-esteem is not considered a mental health problem, having low-self esteem can have significant impacts on your mental health. Low self-esteem can lead to undervaluing yourself, be unable to recognise your strengths, have negative feelings about yourself and generally to poor quality of life. There are different factors that can affect your self-esteem, as different things affect people in different ways. However, there are some common factors or life experiences that are associated with low self-esteem. Some of them are being bullied, experiencing discrimination or racism, financial issues, relationships problems and physical and mental problems.
Studies have shown that there are links between low self-esteem and addiction, findings suggested that people with addiction problems relied on substances or alcohol to ease the negative thought and feeling they had about themselves. Moreover, numerous studies have shown that low self-esteem can lead to depression and anxiety. Therefore, it is important to take care of ourselves and try to make ourselves feel and think more positive. Below there are some things you can incorporate in your daily routine that can help you improve how you feel about yourself.
Get to know yourself
Knowing yourself means you are aware of the things that make you happy and what you value most about yourself, your strengths. It might be helpful to write those things down on a journal.
Avoid comparing yourself to others
Every person has their own potential and strengths. Try to focus on your strengths and focus on your achievements in life based on your situation and circumstances.
Have a healthy diet
Eating healthy can make you feel more energetic and improves your mood. Moreover, it helps you maintain your physical health which automatically can lead to a more positive image about yourself.
Do physical activities
Similar to having a healthy diet, exercising can boost your energy levels, elevate your mood, and keep you in good shape. It might be more helpful exercising outdoors as spending time in nature can significantly benefit your wellbeing.
Start a new hobby or do things you enjoy
Starting a creative activity or a hobby you enjoy can help you release your stress and escape the stressful routine. As a result, you will start feeling better and think more positive about yourself.
Build positive relationships
Surround yourself with people that make you feel good about yourself and avoid those who bring you down. Having people who tell you positive about yourself will make feel better and value yourself more.
If your self-esteem has been affected by stressful experiences, like bullying or abuse; it would be helpful to consider talking to professionals. You might go to a therapist or contact services that can help you overcome those experiences.