Most of us are our own harshest critics, but to have self-esteem means we have a realistic and positive opinion of our self, or confidence in our value as a human being. Good self-esteem is correlated with healthy relationships, satisfaction in life and achievement.
Too little self-esteem, however, tends to predispose us to lower levels of mental health such as depression, as well as falling short of our potential, or accepting abusive or disrespectful relationships. Too much self-love, however, can lead to an arrogant personality or be a sign of narcissism.
If you are one of the many people whose self-esteem could use a boost, here are some ideas to help you:
This is a free, quick online self-esteem test that you might find helpful:
If the subject matter in this article resonates with you, then counselling might be a good option to help you to move forward. I offer a free 20-minute consultation so we can explore how I might be able to help you.