When your inner critic consistently labels you in a negative way, it has a demoralizing effect and shapes your larger self-concept about who you are and what you can do. What if the critic is true? It doesn’t matter. Negative self-talk is never in your interest.
Talking about your feelings and experiences with a trained professional can help you to work through these and build your self-esteem. See our pages on talking treatments. For further information on support, see our pages on seeking help for a mental health problem.
Is low self-esteem a mental health problem? Having low self-esteem isn't a mental health problem in itself, but the two are closely linked. Some of the experiences of low self-esteem can also be symptoms of mental health problems, such as: feeling hopeless; blaming yourself unfairly; hating yourself; worrying about being unable to do things.
Self-care is imperative in maintaining a healthy relationship with yourself and others. It produces positive feelings, which builds self-love, self-confidence and self-esteem. Increase Self-Esteem with These Self-Care Tips. Escape with a book. Take a break from reality and grab a good page turner.