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Low Self-esteem

Self-esteem describes how we see ourselves as individuals, including confidence, self-respect, and what we value or believe about ourselves. Improving self-esteem can be difficult, as it is not always easy for people to recognise when they do not value themselves.

Low self-esteem may present as:

  • Saying negative things and being critical about yourself.

  • Joking about yourself in a negative way.

  • Focusing on your negatives and ignoring your achievements.

  • Blaming yourself when things go wrong.

  • Feeling inadequate, for example thinking other people are better than you.

  • Feeling unworthy, for example thinking you don't deserve to have fun.

Low self-esteem is not a mental health problem in itself but can sometimes be a sign of a mental health problem if it is ongoing for some time.

Low self-esteem can occur for a number of reasons, including:

  • Feeling stressed or overwhelmed with tasks or responsibilities,

  • Experiencing a break-up or separation

  • Experiencing bullying, abuse, or discrimination

  • Having physical or mental health problems

  • Having concerns about appearance or body image

  • Problems with money or housing.

For help with Low Self-Esteem:

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