T-Rex self esteem metaphor

Self esteem is deeply connected to our sense of self and who we see ourselves to be.  When we are struggling with low self esteem, negative evaluations of ourselves can creep in that might keep us stuck in our comfort zones.

Low self-esteem often involves deeply ingrained negative or unhelpful beliefs about ourselves that can be challenging to change. It’s as if we are reluctant to let go of these beliefs, even though they may be holding us back.

To address low self-esteem and shift these negative beliefs, we can take several steps.

Mindful awareness: Recognise and acknowledge the presence of negative beliefs and their impact on your self-esteem. Understand that they are learned patterns of thinking and not necessarily accurate reflections of reality.

Step back from your mind: Create distance from negative thoughts and beliefs about yourself. Treat them as passing mental events rather than absolute truths about who you are

Embrace acceptance: Accept yourself as you are, including your imperfections and vulnerabilities. Recognise that self-esteem is not about striving for perfection but about accepting and embracing your whole self, including both strengths and areas for growth.

Clarify your values: Reflect on your values and what truly matters to you in life. Identify areas where you can align your actions with those values, cultivating a sense of self-worth that is based on living authentically and in line with what is important to you.

Practice self-compassion: Cultivate self-compassion and treat yourself with kindness and understanding. Acknowledge that everyone has flaws and makes mistakes, and that doesn’t diminish your worth as a person.

Surround yourself with positive influences: Seek out supportive and uplifting people who can help boost your self-esteem. Engage in activities and hobbies that make you feel good about yourself and build your confidence.

Remember, changing long-standing negative beliefs takes time and effort. Be patient and persistent in your journey towards building healthier relationship with yourself.

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