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Boosting your self-esteem

By: Sarah Walsh

Updated: 11 September 2015

Most of us struggle with our self-esteem from time to time.

Self-esteem relates to the feeling of self-worth we have when we compare how we really are to how we aspire to be. We evaluate our self-worth in many different contexts, such as the school or work environment, our personal relationships and in social groups, and commonly, our physical appearance.

High self-esteem is associated with being accepted and approved of by others (as opposed to being rejected), acting in a way we perceive to be moral (as opposed to immoral) and being successful (not a failure). Our self-esteem can be challenged at times, and it can be difficult not to see ourselves in a negative light. In these situations, it is important to recognise and focus on positive feedback.

If you’re struggling with self-esteem issues, MyMind can help. Book an appointment with one of our team, or call us at 076 680 1060 to hear more.

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Here are some ways to boost your self-esteem:

Give yourself credit

Try to observe and appreciate the achievements you have made in your life. Making a list of 5 things you have accomplished can be a simple yet effective way of appreciating your own self worth during those times when your confidence may be low.

Emphasize strengths

Give yourself credit for everything you try. By focusing on what you can do, you applaud yourself for efforts rather than emphasizing end products. Starting from a base of what you should do helps you live within the bounds of your inevitable limitations.

Take risks

Approach new experiences as opportunities to learn rather than occasions to win or lose. Doing so opens you up to new possibilities and can increase your sense of self-acceptance. Not doing so turns every possibility into an opportunity for failure, and inhibits personal growth.

Self-evaluate

Learn to evaluate yourself independently. Doing so allows you to avoid the constant sense of turmoil that comes from relying exclusively on the opinions of others. Focusing internally on how you feel about your own behaviour, work, etc. will give you a stronger sense of self and will prevent you from giving your personal power away to others.

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MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS WORKING WITH Self-Esteem ISSUES:

Lorraine Hackett Psychotherapist Location: Dublin 6

Approach: Humanistic & Integrative Psychotherapy

Works with: Individual Session

Specialities: Bereavement , Communication Issues , Depression , Relationship issues , Self-Esteem , Stress , Work Issues, Work/Life balance

Next avaialble appointment: 9:00 03 March 2020

Andrea Nagy Creative art therapist Location: Cork

Approach: Creative Art Therapy

Works with: Individual Session , Children & Adolescents

Specialities: Anger , Anxiety , Bereavement , Chronic Illness , Depression , Issues related to pregnancy/Post-Natal , Relationship issues , Self harm , Self-Esteem , Sexual , Stress , Trauma

Next avaialble appointment: 16:00 02 March 2020

James O'Regan Counsellor Location: Limerick

Approach: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) , Humanistic & Integrative Psychotherapy , Mindfulness , Person-Centred Therapy , Other

Works with: Individual Session , Online Session , Couples Session

Specialities: Anger , Anxiety , Bereavement , Bullying , Chronic Illness , Co-Dependency , Communication Issues , Depression , Educational , Isolation/Loneliness , Panic , Personal Development , Relationship issues , Self harm , Self-Esteem , Stress , Suicidal Ideation , Trauma , Work Issues, Work/Life balance

Next avaialble appointment: 18:00 26 February 2020

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