What is Self-Esteem?
According to Psychology Today, Self-Esteem is having confidence in our values. In other words, it is the overall opinion of ourselves, whenever we have a low self-esteem we feel low, we put little value on our opinions and ideas and we worry that we are not good enough.
Factors that influence Self-Esteem:
- How others react (towards you, especially important people in our lives)
- Experiences at home, school, community
- Illness, disability, or injury
- Social Media
Why is having a healthy Self-Esteem important? When we have a healthy Self-Esteem, we are more confident with our decision making, we are able to secure and have healthier relationships, in addition we tend to manage stress better.
How can I improve my Self-Esteem?
- Be with people who treat you well
- Say words of affirmation to yourself
- Accept what is not perfect
- Set goals
- Focus on the good
If you or anyone you know may be struggling with self-esteem and live in the Chicagoland area, feel free to call Olive Branch Counseling Associates at (708) 633-8000 and speak to a professional.
Yadira, Graduate Intern
Self-Esteem. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/self-esteem