You need to realize that everyone, no matter who they are, goes through times like this. It is normal. A person with low self-esteem experiences these feelings on a more regular basis.
Low self-esteem is when a person lacks confidence in themselves and what they can do. It is a common issue to be faced by many people in one way or another. In a society that is becoming more competitive, people want to be noticed and stand out amongst the crowd. Being able to talk with confident people gives you a better chance at success. Low self-esteem is also known as social phobia.
People with low self-esteem will often feel vulnerable or embarrassed around other individuals. Their inner voice will tell them that they are not good enough, do not deserve love, have flaws, or are not good enough for any special attention or admiration. Their inner voice controls them and what it says or does rather than what others think of them.
What causes low self-esteem?
As children, we are used to having parents and peers telling us what we are, how we should act, what we should do and how we should look. We have learned from an early age what acceptable behavior is and what is not bearable. We learned how to react emotionally to certain situations that made us create a set of beliefs and opinions about ourselves based on what we have been told and learned from our parents and peers. These beliefs can become self-evident as we get older. Sometimes these can manifest as being judgmental, malicious, and even bullying.
And as we grow older, we can face new challenges and difficulties. These may result in negative emotions and behavior. Some of the factors that cause low self-esteem are depression, anxiety, stress, and trauma. There can be many causes of these. For example, low self-esteem can result from low self-image or from not feeling good about ourselves.
Low self-esteem can also be caused by negative body image. If you don’t feel good about your appearance then this will negatively affect your health, relationships, and daily life. It is not unusual for people with low self-esteem to suffer from eating disorders, depression, anxiety, and health problems such as high blood pressure, insomnia, and arthritis.
Lastly, caused by feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness, lack of confidence, and guilt. You may start to think that you aren’t good enough for the things you want and deserve. Low self-esteem can lead to persistent fears that things will never get better. You may start to think that you won’t ever be happy or that you’re destined to be unhappy. These feelings can manifest as compulsive behaviors like overeating, drinking, smoking, procrastination, and unrealistic sex expectations.
What are the other things we can experience if we have low self-esteem?
If you have low self-esteem you may also experience depression, panic attacks, social anxiety, phobias, and obsessive-compulsive disorders. Low self-esteem can also be a symptom of an existing medical condition such as bipolar disorder, clinical depression, eating disorders, alcoholism, drug abuse, and other mental health disorders. If you have low self-esteem you may find it tough to make friends and develop close relationships.
How can someone who has low self-esteem improve it?
The first step is to develop self-awareness. Any negative thoughts and emotions will only lead to more negative beliefs about yourself, your abilities, and what you can expect from your life.
The second step is you need to know that everyone has good points and no one is perfect. You may feel guilty or embarrassed about your past experiences, but it is significant to separate the person you were before from the person you are today. Self-acceptance is all about letting go of what has gone and is looking toward a brighter future.
The final step in preventing low self-esteem is setting goals and working towards achieving them. It will lead to positive beliefs about yourself, your abilities, and what you expect from life.
Remember you are beautiful no matter what you look like on the outside and remember that what others think of you is their opinion and only concerns them. Just be happy with who you are!