There are many different reasons a person can have low self-esteem. They can range from bullying in school, depression, anxiety, and Bipolar, or history of abuse. Of course, these are just a few reasons but there are so much more.
Very few people seek help for low self-esteem and depression. They usually go hand in hand. I personally did go to therapy for awhile for my depression and low self-esteem. The work we did to change my mindset worked and so did some of the handouts she printed out for me. This is where my inspiration for this post came from. I want to help others that are struggling.
How to think positively about yourself.
One of the handouts my therapist gave me has 8 different steps to thinking positively about yourself:
Make it appoint to be your own best friend.
Here are the 8 steps in greater detail.
Identify and accept your strengths and weaknesses. Accept your successes and failures – everyone has them!!!
Take a “can do” attitude. Set a reasonable timetable for personal goals and offer yourself encouragement along the way. Be your own coach!
Take pride in your achievements, no matter how great or small. Remember your experiences are yours alone. Enjoy them!
Set realistic goals. Meet them by learning new skills and developing your abilities. Asking for help is a sign of strength and takes courage.
Take time out regularly to be alone with your thoughts and feelings. Get involved in activities you can enjoy by yourself, like crafts, reading, or an individual sport. Learn to enjoy your own company. Do something nice for yourself every day.
Pay attention to your thoughts and feelings. Act on what you think is right. Do what makes you feel happy and fulfilled.
Don’t try to be someone else. Be proud of who you are. Explore and appreciate your own special talents. You are a unique, special creation of God.
Learn to love the unique person you are. Accept and learn from your mistakes. Don’t overreact to errors. People who love you accept you as you are.
It is hard work to change your mindset from a negative one to a positive one. I have been working on this and feel better about myself. I have more work to do, it’s a never ending issue really.
What do YOU do to keep a healthy self-esteem going?