Think about what is affecting your self-esteem
What affects our self-esteem differs for everyone.
Your confidence may have been lowered after a difficult experience or series of negative life event, such as:
- being bullied or abused
- losing your job or difficulty finding employment
- ongoing stress
- physical illness
- mental health problems
- a difficult relationship, separation or divorce
Or you may have had low self-esteem for as long as you can remember. If this is the case, it can be hard to recognise how you feel and make changes to challenge your low self-belief.
My self esteem has almost disappeared.... I don't know how to interact with people anymore and find it hard to enjoy the things that I like.
But whatever the cause, it can be helpful to remind yourself that you have the right to feel good about who you are. It can be difficult to break habits but there are steps you can take to feel better about yourself, bit by bit.
Watch Nathan, Hannah, Helen, Rishi and Georgina talk about their experiences of low self-esteem, including how it feels, what's helped them and how their friends and family can help.