We all have times when we lack confidence and don’t feel good about ourselves. But when low self-esteem is a severe, long-term problem, it can have a harmful impact on our mental health and lead to depression and anxiety. Self-esteem is the opinion we have of ourselves. When we have healthy self-esteem, we tend to feel positive about ourselves and about life in general, and we can deal with life’s difficulties. However, when our self-esteem is low, we tend to see ourselves and our lives in a more negative and critical light. We also feel less able to take on the challenges life throws at us.
TREATMENT: Therapy can help you improve your self-esteem and see yourself in a more realistic and balanced way. Cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT) including core belief work, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and problem-solving therapy can help low self-esteem (minimum 5-10 therapy sessions recommended).
"The most important opinion you have is the one you have of yourself, and the most significant things you say all day are those things you say to yourself."
Helpful Links For Low Self-Esteem
- PsychCentral.com - Great resource for individuals that are seeking information about self-esteem struggles and strategies that can help.
- SelfImprovement.com - A place to find tips, tools, and knowledge that helps you to create opportunities and improve low self-esteem.
- Psychology Today - Simple suggestions for building confidence and low self-esteem.
- For more resources, please visit the Helpful Links Page
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