Wednesday, 17 July 2013

“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself”. Thich Nhat Hanh
The term self-image is used to refer to a person’s mental picture of himself or herself. Self-concept consists of the beliefs one has about oneself. It is similar to self-worth. What we feel about ourselves is not based on what we do alone it is based on our relationships with others and whether we feel worthwhile as people, it is all about how much we feel valued, loved, accepted, and thought well of by other people and how much we value, love, and accept ourselves. Low self-esteem is a negative evaluation of oneself. It could because of abuse, neglect or co-dependency. Those who constantly compare themselves to others, or are highly competitive, may always experience low self esteem. Some people who have suffered loss of any form, divorce, may have self-esteem issues. Low self-esteem can negatively affect virtually every facet of your life. Raising your self esteem is possible, but not easy. If you have high self-esteem, you will generally see yourself in a positive light. If you have low self-esteem it will have an effect on your mental health. It lowers ability to cope with the stresses of life which could place you at a risk of developing mental issues such as eating disorders, depression which are related to your mood and self-belief. To increase your self esteem replace negative thoughts with positive, constructive thoughts, when you hear negative comments in your head, tell yourself to stop, be assertive does not mean you need to be aggressive, stop comparing yourself to other people, acknowledge your positive qualities, act the person you want to be and communicate with others assertively.
“When people believe in themselves they have the first secret of success”. Norman Vincent Peale


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