I Love Me…In a Good Way – The Practical Side
If you are depressed, anxious, addicted to drugs or alcohol, in a domestic violence relationship or suffering from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, you may have low self-esteem. In fact, low self-esteem plays a role in many mental health disorders. However, you can have low self-esteem without having a specific disorder.
Individuals with low self-esteem lack confidence, have a negative self-image and experience feelings of unworthiness. Those with low self-esteem may have trouble interacting with others at places like home, work and school and have unhealthy relationships in general. People with low self-esteem may also lack assertiveness skills, including the ability to make their needs known.
The good news is that with the right therapeutic tools self-esteem can grow…even from what may appear to be “plain black dirt with lots of weeds.” And having self-esteem is foundational for good mental health. Learning to love yourself (and I am not just talking about how you look) is essential to finding joy, meaning and peace in life. In fact, building self-esteem, as well as getting to the root of whatever is robbing you of it, may be one of the most rewarding endeavors you ever take in life.
A trained, supportive and empathetic licensed mental health counselor can help you build self-esteem and explore barriers to it. Understanding why you lack self-esteem can be transformational in building it. If you would like to explore the issue of self-esteem in a safe, warm and non-judgmental therapeutic environment, please call Life Enhancement Counseling Services today at 407-443-8862.