A common assumption is that self esteem and self-confidence are the same things. However, although self-confidence is related to self-esteem, they are not the same. Some of the most self-confident people you know may also suffer from low self esteem.
There are a vast number of actors, celebrities and public figures who appear to be overflowing with self-confidence, yet totally lack self esteem when away from the media or when they’re not performing. Unfortunately low self esteem is extremely common in today’s society and individuals can often struggle to find their sense of worth in the world.
What is self esteem?
Self esteem is commonly defined as how an individual “estimates” themselves. Those who find it hard to answer ‘yes’ to questions such as ‘do I like myself’ or ‘do I deserve to be happy’ are often suffering from a lack of self esteem. Self-Esteem is flexible and fragile. Most people do experience low self-esteem at some point in their life,for example if they lose their job or experience the loss of love,but they also experience high self-esteem at other points, such as when they successfully complete a challenge. Those who do not bounce back from low levels of self-esteem and constantly think negatively about themselves and others may be suffering from chronic low self-esteem.
Why is self esteem so important?
Aside from the obvious “unhappy” feelings associated with having low self esteem, it can effect your overall health as well: low self esteem can increase stress, anxiety and depression. Those negative emotions can lead to physical problems. A body under duress can only function at peak for so long until something gives.
Low self esteem negatively impacts our relationships, our parenting and pretty much all aspects of our lives.
- feeling hopeless, stressed out or depressed
- feeling bored with life
- having no motivation
- thinking there’s nothing to look forward to
- thinking negatively about yourself or others
- feeling tired a lot of the time
- wishing your life was better
- constantly comparing yourself to others and coming up short
- feeling jealous or threatened by the success of others
- eating disorders
- involvement in abusive relationships
- self harm (cutting, etc.)
If you go to your Family Doctor with some of the above symptoms, chances are good you’ll get a prescription for an anti-depressant or anti anxiety medication.
Hypnotherapy helps by discovering and dealing with the root cause of low self esteem and by shifting the way you think toward more positive thought patterns. Reprogramming your beliefs leads to an increase in self esteem and helps you to overcome negative thinking patterns helping you feel healthier and happier.