Self-Esteem comes from having an internal sense of self-worth. It is thinking, feeling and acting in a way that shows you accept, trust and believe in yourself. It involves valuing your uniqueness so that you can live life in a passionate and fulfilling way.
Low self-esteem can lead to a sense of emptiness or ‘not being good enough’, being overly self-critical and habitually comparing yourself to others. This can be crippling to taking action and creating what you want in life. It can also lead you to stay stuck in negative situations or relationships.
Having good self-esteem means not needing to latch onto something external to feel ‘good enough’ or numb your feelings. It means letting go of an excessive need for approval from others and trying to be ‘perfect’ in everything you do.
It means letting go of being destructively self-critical rather than supporting yourself, regardless of what others think. It means taking the risk to live life according to your true values and desires, rather than “shoulds” or others’ expectations.
Increasing your self-esteem involves knowing yourself at a deeper level and accepting who you are, including all your inner feelings, needs and desires. It involves rediscovering your natural spontaneity, playfulness, creativity and zest for life. These are all qualities we can lose touch with growing up and coping with the demands of the adult world.
Fortunately there are many ways to increase self-esteem, including counselling, visualisations, time out for reflection, expressing feelings, assertiveness, journalling and creative expression.
For more information on how Jill can support you to improve your self-esteem, phone her on 0432 745 253.