February is International Boost Self-Esteem Month

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
  • Age
  • 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

References:

Self-Esteem. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/self-esteem

Image: https://brightside.me/inspiration-psychology/7-traits-that-signal-you-have-low-self-esteem-798443/

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