Self-esteem is how you feel about yourself. It can also be the opinion you have about yourself. Everyone has times when they feel a bit low or find it hard to believe in themselves. However, this should not become a long-term situation. When it does, it can lead to problems, including mental health issues such as depression or anxiety. Some of the symptoms of low self-esteem can also be a sign of these problems.
Attempting to boost your self-esteem during normal times is hard enough, but what happens when you’re dealing with a difficult period in your life? Remember, it is very unlikely that you will go from poor to good self-esteem overnight.
Stressful issues like job loss, broken relationships, or sickness can usually lower our self-esteem. We tend to take the blame and feel that, if we were “better,” or acted better, these things wouldn’t have happened in the first place. When thinking rationally, we may realize that this is untrue, but it’s harder during times of struggle to feel good about ourselves!
Here are some simple strategies you can use to give your self-esteem a boost during trying times:
Life sometimes presents us with difficult situations that we’re not prepared to deal with. During these times, consciously redirect your feelings away from the negative and towards the positive. Your self-esteem will be strengthened, along with your belief in a better outcome.
When you can see a light at the end of the tunnel, things don’t seem as dark. Use these tips to find your light and feel better.