Low Self Esteem

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Have You Got Low Self Esteem?

Our self-esteem is how we value and perceive ourselves. If you have low self-esteem you may feel:

  • Like you hate or dislike yourself
  • Worthless or not good enough
  • Unable to make decisions or assert yourself
  • Like no one likes you
  • You blame yourself for things that aren’t your fault
  • Guilt for spending time or money on yourself
  • Unable to recognise your strengths
  • Undeserving of happiness
  • Low in confidence.

Is low self-esteem a mental health problem?

Having low self-esteem isn’t a mental health problem in itself, but the two are closely linked.

Some of the experiences of low self-esteem can also be symptoms of mental health problems, such as:

  • Feeling hopeless
  • Blaming yourself unfairly
  • Hating yourself
  • Worrying about being unable to do things.

If lots of things are affecting your self-esteem for a long time, this may lead to a mental health problem, such as depression or anxiety.

Having a mental health problem can cause you to have low self-esteem, which can make it more difficult to cope or take steps to increase your self-esteem.

Having little self-belief can stop you from living the life you want to live. If you think your low self-esteem is impacting on your life, take a look at our tips on improving your self-esteem:

  • Think about what is affecting your self-esteem
  • Avoid negative self-talk
  • Connect with people who love you
  • Learn to be assertive
  • Set yourself a challenge
  • Focus on your positives
  • Take care of yourself
  • Get support if things get too much