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