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Self-esteem is how you feel about
yourself. You may have high self-esteem—you believe you are a good person—or it
may be low, and you question how "good" or "worthy" you are.
Everyone has low self-esteem at times. It may happen when someone says
something bad about you or questions how well you do something. But if you
often feel bad about yourself, you may stop believing in yourself. You may find
it hard to meet your goals and enjoy life.
People who have
anxiety or who are sick or have a disability may have
Building self-esteem is a lifelong process, but
it can help you feel better about yourself and your life. Here are some ways to
build your self-esteem. Start by picking something you'd like to try now. Later
you can decide if you'd like to try other ways.
Try to do things that keep you
healthy, that show you respect yourself, and that give you pleasure.
A positive affirmation is
something good you say about yourself. It can be a good quality you have,
something good you believe about yourself, or something good you've done. It
also can be about a quality you would like to have or something you would like
to believe or do. Here are some examples:
Here are some types of affirmations. See if you can come up
with at least five affirmations for each type.
Make a list of your affirmations, and keep it where you can
read it often. The more you read your affirmations, the better you will feel
about yourself and your life.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerLisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry
Current as ofNovember 14, 2014
Current as of:
November 14, 2014
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Lisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry
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