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
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.
1. Start small; take the first step; and remember it’s a journey. This is just the beginning. You only have to make a start.
2. Have faith in yourself. At least you’re brave enough to try. If you’re patient and keep trying you’ll get there eventually.
3. Make a list of all your fears so they’re not formless and vague. It is easier to fight them if you know what your fears are.
4. Accept that life is often hard, and fear is natural and normal. Every person who succeeds will have to face and deal with fear.
5. Remind yourself of your successes and the ways in which you’ve changed. You have triumphed and succeeded over obstacles before.
6. Remind yourself that others are convinced that you can make it. You know they’re rooting for you, so derive some strength from them.
7. Imagine how you’ll look and how you’ll feel when you’ve succeed. It’s worth making the effort. Don’t give up: you’ll reach your goal!