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Building Self-Esteem when you’re Struggling with Depression

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Low self-esteem is a symptom of depression. It’s often very hard to feel good about ourselves.

Our self-image is distorted, extreme and negative, and we start to see ourselves through deeply scratched or foggy lenses.

The following suggestions can sometimes help when you’re struggling with this aspect of your mental health:

1. Get into the habit of challenging your thinking – especially when it falls into the same old repeated, negative patterns.

2. Keep a thankfulness journal – and deliberately look for the good things in your life.

3. Spend time with people who can see your strengths, and who make you feel good

about yourself.

4. Keep some photos or mementos that remind you of your passions – so theses can help inspire you to love your life again.

5. Leave positive notes and quotes around your room, or inside your wallet, or on your desk, or phone.

6. See failure as a stepping stone that leads to further growth – and as something that is common, and experienced by us all.

7. Deliberately nurture and care for yourself – and see this as essential, and a top priority.



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2 thoughts on “Building Self-Esteem when you’re Struggling with Depression

  1. As a super-analytical guy, the thing that I tell myself is that I have always come out of it. It could be a short stint of a few days or one of the multi-month phases that leave me catatonic on the couch…but I’ve always come out of it. Even if I’m in the grips of it and don’t feel like I can walk to the other room, there is some part of my mind that takes comfort in knowing that it will eventually pass. I just have to wait it out. This is how I also got through a lot of anxiety attacks back when I used to have them. You know you’re going to survive and you know there will be good times ahead eventually. Much like a long car trip, it’s just going to take a while to get there.

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