This week’s topic is self-esteem. Self-esteem is the judgment that we have of ourselves and that we carry with us every day.
Self-esteem can be translated into the relationship between what we are as an individual (physical appearance, social success, etc.) and what we would like to be. The more our image shifts from our goal or our ideal, the lower our self-esteem will be. The building of self-esteem takes its roots during early childhood.
As with self-confidence, parents play a key role in the development of self-esteem. While self-esteem is consolidated over the course of our lives, it is important to nurture a young person’s strengths and encourage their development during their initial, foundational years to set them off on the right foot towards building self-esteem.
Self-esteem helps us immensely in building our personality. The more we hold ourselves in high esteem, the more we will be able to flourish and demonstrate our true nature. In order to assess your self-esteem, you need to evaluate yourself in all aspects of your life. Don’t worry, it is normal for you to feel more confident about yourself in certain aspects of your life and less so in others.
Here are a couple of great activities to help you build and sustain your self-esteem:
- Write down one compliment (physical, psychological, social, etc.) each day and repeat it to yourself throughout the day. Write it on a sticky note, in your calendar, in your reminders but write it down!
- For each category below, make a list of 5 or more positive:
- Your qualities and personality traits
- Your strengths and talents
- Your values
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