Life as a Millennial

Self-esteem

Self-esteem is the opinion we have of ourselves. When low self-esteem becomes a long-term problem, it can have a harmful effect on our mental health and our day-to-day lives.

Self-esteem is often deeply rooted. The message that you are not ‘good enough is the one that stays with you. Some common examples of low-self esteem might include:

Hating yourself or feeling angry or frustrated about who you are
Hating your body
Feeling worthless
Feeling anxious and fearful
Constantly feeling angry
Trying to be a people pleaser
Indecision, hypersensitivity to criticism, and guilt. 

If you have low self-esteem or confidence, you may hide away from social situations, stop trying new things, and avoid things you find challenging. In the short term, avoiding challenging and difficult situations might make you feel safe. In the longer term, this can backfire because it reinforces your underlying doubts and fears. It teaches you the unhelpful rule that the only way to cope is by avoiding things.

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