What is Self-Esteem?

Self-esteem is how we view ourselves and the value we put on our own worth

It is based on our opinions and beliefs about ourselves, which can make it difficult to change.

It can impact our ability to make decisions, how we treat ourselves, our confidence and much more!

Sign of Low Self-esteem

Everyone’s self esteem is affected by different things and is normally a result of negative life experiences.

Here are some signs someone might have low self-esteem…

  • Neglecting their wellbeing
  • Highly self-critical
  • Lack of confidence in self
  • Put others first all the time
  • Worry a lot and self-doubt

How does low self-esteem affect us?


Having low self-esteem can cause us to feel a wide range of emotions - such as sad, angry, guilty, hurt, frustrated, anxious and so on...


It can impact how we behave. For example, we might... Try to please others a lot, Not handle criticism well, Be shy and passive, Avoid certain situations and Try to be perfect all the time to overcompensate.


Low self-esteem can influence how we think and our thoughts. For example, we might think negatively of ourselves and be highly critical ("I'm stupid", "I'm worthless"), or we may adopt unhelpful thinking patterns.

Tips on How to Improve Self-Esteem

Notice The Good Things

Celebrate your successes – take time to praise yourself, no matter how small the achievement

Write a list of all your positive attributes and things you like about yourself

Learn to accept compliments and ask others what they like about you

Be Kind To Yourself

Challenge any negative, unkind thoughts that pop up

Talk to yourself like you’d talk to a friend or loved one

Avoid comparing yourself to others – especially on social media!

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