Don’t Let These Issues Ruin Your Self-Esteem

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The way you feel about yourself is important as it truly can affect everything you say and do. If you have high self-esteem, you will naturally feel more confident, and more willing to push yourself forwards in life. 


But if you have low self-esteem, you might shy away from certain situations. You might be hesitant when it comes to trying new things, and you might undervalue how special you are to others. 


So, here’s the thing. If you do think badly about yourself, you should do what you can to regain your self-confidence. You can do this by eliminating or minimizing those issues that are hurting your self-esteem. We list a couple of examples below so consider our suggestions if they are affecting you negatively. 


#1: Worries about physical appearance


None of us are perfect so on the one hand, it doesn’t matter if we don’t have the movie star looks of the people we look up to. The first thing we need to say is this then: Don’t compare yourself unfavorably to others, as it’s okay to be yourself!


However, it is might be possible to eliminate those aspects of physical appearance that negatively affect the way you feel about yourself. We are thinking of problems you might have with your teeth, for example, or issues you are having with your skin. 


So, consider visiting your local dentist if there any problems that can be fixed. If your teeth are discolored, you could benefit from teeth whitening. And if you have crooked and misaligned teeth, you could opt for clear aligners, as these would both fix your teeth and give you less reason to worry about your braces being noticed. 


In terms of your skin, you could visit a dermatologist if necessary, and you could buy the beauty products that would improve your appearance. There are also things you can do to keep your skin looking youthful, so follow the link and check out the other skin-related articles on our website. 


These are just a couple of examples but consider the parts of your physical appearance that are affecting your self-esteem. There may be things you can do to improve your appearance so look for more ideas online. 


#2: Negative words


Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me!

Nonsense, right? The words people say over us can cause hurt, be it through name-calling, put-downs, or harsh criticisms. The words they say can linger with us for days, weeks, and even years, and they can affect the way we think of ourselves. This is usually because we take the words to heart, believe them, and dwell on them.

It’s difficult to control what people say, but there are things you can do to help yourself. 

First and foremost, remember the good things about yourself. Dwell on these and use your positive thoughts to counter the negative words others inflict on you.


That people are can be unkind because of how they feel about themselves. It might be because they are insecure, or they might be trying to lift themselves up by putting you down. The words they say to you might have very little truth but even if they do resonate, it doesn’t mean you need to dwell on them. Again, fill your head with good things and never assume the person being unkind is superior to you. 


And finally, try to avoid the people who pull you down. This isn’t always easy, especially when at work, but challenge those you can’t avoid and stick up for yourself. Then think about changing your friendship group if they are responsible for hurting you. A good friend should lift you up and not put you down so look for the people who will positively affect your life.


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