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Exploring How & Why To Cultivate High Self Esteem

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March 15, 2021

Having high self-esteem goes beyond liking your physical appearance and feeling good. Learn why developing a good sense of yourself is essential and how to do it.

Do you have trouble with confidence? It may be hard to say right off the bat because low self-confidence isn’t easy to tame. However, suppose you have a hard time believing in yourself, valuing yourself. In that case, you can’t set proper boundaries, and saying no to people is challenging to do; might have problems with your self-esteem.

Unfortunately, that’s a common thing in today’s society — because most of us tend to walk through life not quite mindful about our actions and behaviors in daily life. 

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A lack of confidence can cause low self-esteem, and if that stems from childhood traumas, which tend to be the case most of the time, some people can navigate through life without even noticing they have low confidence.

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What’s self-esteem after all?

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According to the American Psychological Association, self-esteem is “the degree to which the qualities and characteristics contained in one’s self-concept are perceived to be positive. It reflects a person’s physical self-image, view of his or her accomplishments and capabilities, and values.”

In a nutshell, self-esteem isn’t just liking yourself eventually or giving yourself a pat on the back when you have accomplished something. It’s way more than that — and sometimes, it can be a bit complex to comprehend rationally. That’s because dealing with human emotions isn’t about crossing a checklist.

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Self-esteem doesn’t depend on one thing or set of thoughts and feelings. It’s simply defined how you perceive and value yourself as a human being. 

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A lower or a higher sense of self is generally connected to a positive or negative upbringing, childhood trauma, being a positive or negative thinker, and the list goes on.

And why it’s important?

As we know, life has its ups and downs, and it isn’t always a bed of roses. High self-esteem helps an individual to develop resilience and a better coping mechanism when dealing with problems. 

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Resilient and emotionally intelligent people are able to face adversities in life and cope with them more healthily — they don’t dwell in failures.

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How can I improve my self-esteem?

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Developing a better image of yourself, thus improving your self-esteem, is a process. It takes patience, awareness, and effort. Some strategies can help along the way, such as:

  • Accept compliments: don’t run from them. Hear and let them in.
  • Set boundaries: this is extremely important. Learn how to say no and put yourself first. Always.
  • Love yourself: for who you are — even the parts you dislike.
  • Improve your self-talk: if you have a toxic relationship with yourself, try to change that. 
  • Be grateful: it doesn’t matter where you are right now; just be thankful for being alive!
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“Low self-esteem is like driving through life with your hand-break on.”

Maxwell Maltz.

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