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Self-esteem is how you feel about yourself. You may have high self-esteem—you believe you are a good person—or it may be low, and you question how "good" or "worthy" you are.
Everyone has low self-esteem at times. It may happen when someone says something bad about you or questions how well you do something. But if you often feel bad about yourself, you may stop believing in yourself. You may find it hard to meet your goals and enjoy life.
People who have depression or anxiety or who are sick or have a disability may have low self-esteem.
Building self-esteem is a lifelong process, but it can help you feel better about yourself and your life. Here are some ways to build your self-esteem. Start by picking something you'd like to try now. Later you can decide if you'd like to try other ways.
Try to do things that keep you healthy, that show you respect yourself, and that give you pleasure.
A positive affirmation is something good you say about yourself. It can be a good quality you have, something good you believe about yourself, or something good you've done. It also can be about a quality you would like to have or something you would like to believe or do. Here are some examples:
Here are some types of affirmations. See if you can come up with at least five affirmations for each type.
Make a list of your affirmations, and keep it where you can read it often. The more you read your affirmations, the better you will feel about yourself and your life.
Current as of:
January 31, 2020
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Kathleen Romito MD - Family MedicineChristine R. Maldonado PhD - Behavioral Health
Current as of: January 31, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Christine R. Maldonado PhD - Behavioral Health
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