A few of the Characteristics of Low Self-Esteem:
- Frequently critical of others.
- Staying with what you know … within your comfort zone.
- Seeing the negative before you see the good.
- Not taking care of your mind, body and soul.
- Feeling shy.
- Telling yourself “I do not care” when in fact you know you do care.
- Believing you are not as good as others.
- Frustration and anger surfacing for no apparent reason.
- Worrying about what other people might think about you.
If you experience any of these low self esteem signs consider improving the way you see yourself. Self-Esteem and Self Worth are closely connected. If you feel you are worth it you will automatically have increased self-esteem.
Some of the Benefits of raising your Self-Esteem:
- More confidence therefore more courageous.
- Be more resilient.
- Enjoy better quality relationships.
- Spend less time worrying.
- Discover what is outside of the box, i.e your comfort zone – dare to go there!
- Less fearful of the unknown.
- Enjoy more strength through knowing you can handle it.
Good ‘Tools’ / Life skills to Acquire to Start Improving your Self-Esteem:
- Keep track of how often you put yourself down with negative self-talk. Once you are more aware it will be easier to slowly change that pattern.
- Clear out the clutter: Choose friends that are positive, supportive and who see the good in you. Avoid critical friends.
- Accept the fact that NOBODY is perfect, you do not have to be either!
- Live with integrity: Adhere to your moral and ethical principles.
One way to start is by exploring these three questions. Make lists.
- What do you praise yourself for?
- What do you criticize yourself for?
HOW would it change your life if you were to be less critical of yourself?