Do you often have doubts about yourself and what you’re capable of?
Do you experience persistent, negative feelings about yourself?
We can be all self-critical from time to time. When we make a mistake, we often think back on it and wonder what we could have done differently. When we say things we don’t mean, we often feel bad about what was said. and wish we hadn’t, or wish we were better able to express ourselves. However if you talk yourself down too much of the time, or call yourself names like ‘silly’ or ‘stupid’ your self-esteem may be suffering. Low-esteem affects your quality of life, so it’s important to know the signs, and what you can do about it. If you are finding you often have negative feelings about yourself such as sadness, guilt, shame or anger, if you avoid trying something new in case you fail, or deny yourself opportunities for growth, change, or love, take our checklist below to see if low self-esteem is affecting your life.
CHECKLIST TO DETERMINE IF LOW SELF-ESTEEM IF AFFECTING YOUR LIFE
IF YOU CHECKED MORE THAN HALF OF THE ABOVE, WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?
- Learn to be more assertive and express your opinion
- Find ways to challenge your negative thoughts
- Appreciate your positive qualities, and accept compliments
- Engage in activities that make you feel more confident
Trying these tips is a great start to help you on your way, but engaging with a professional for support, such as one of our psychologists will allow you to develop a complete understanding of what’s happening for you, and create strategies to manage and overcome the negative thoughts and feelings. Having low self-esteem is likely to also affect your relationships with others, and your ability to open up and build new healthy relationships. Our team are available to help you tackle these parts of your life, so you can move forward from those negative feelings, and start to feel happier and more confident.
We believe wise minds make wise decisions, so let us help you. Contact us today.