Lately I’ve been feeling as though my anxiety is a lot like an injury that tends to flare up when I don’t take care of myself. It’s a reminder to take consistent care of myself and to get the right kind of rest. Sometimes it’s absolutely necessary to put my metaphorical feet on the metaphorical couch.
Something that I struggle immensely with is low self-esteem. It’s something that I’ve always struggled with. For a lot of my life, I’ve put blame for that on other’s, but I’m learning through working with a therapist that I should be doing the work inside of myself to make myself feel better. It’s easy to feel anxious when you do not believe your worth is much.
Characteristics of low self-esteem:
- Neglect to personal appearance
- Poor eye contact
- Dull eyes
- Flat facial expressions
- Drooped shoulders
- Rare laughter or smiles
- Neglect to personal health
- Increased illness
- Increased fatigue
- Tendency to focus on others and wanting to fix them rather than their own self
- Decreased energy
- Decreased ambition
- Decreased happiness
- Decreased ability to cop with problems
- Increased chance of addictive behaviours
- Tendency to become involved in destructive relationships
- Decreased ability to make and achieve goals
- Decreased ability to stand up for yourself
- Allows others to choose for you
- Blaming others for problems
I don’t know about you, but I read and resonated with many of the things listed above.
The following questions are a part of the ‘Rosenberg Self-esteem Scale’. After reading the above characteristics, answer the following statements (strongly agree, agree, disagree or strongly disagree) with respect to yourself in relation to self-esteem:
- On a whole, I am satisfied with myself.
- At times, I think I am no good at all.
- I feel that I have a number of good qualities.
- I am able to do things as well as most other people.
- I feel I do not have much to be proud of.
- I certainly feel useless at times.
- I feel that I am a person of worth, at least on an equal plane with others.
- I wish I could have more respect for myself.
- All in all, I am inclined to feel that I am a failure.
- I take a positive attitude towards myself.
If you’re anything like me, you’ll notice that you can answer some of these in a positive light to your character whilst still believing very negatively of yourself.
Take one question from the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale and answer the following questions with respect to that one response:
Where did you form this belief of yourself?
How long has this belief been with you?
When do you notice this belief affects you most?
Have you had experiences that challenge this belief?
What is one thing you could do (one small step that you could take) towards changing this belief?
Like all things in life, there is no quick fix. As much as I would like to snap my fingers and believe in myself wholeheartedly and fully, it’s going to take time. I know where my flaws lie, and I know that I need to value myself for. I don’t think I’m alone in that though. I think we could all value ourselves a little more.
I’ve been seeing a Psychiatrist in an effort to help control the massive amounts of anxiety I’ve been suffering from in 2019. My Psychiatrist provides a lot of homework for me to use as tools for self improvement. As I work on myself, I’m sharing the resources provided to me. Why? Spread the wealth, spread the health.
Your mental health and well being are the most important gifts that you can give to yourself. To anyone reading this, I encourage you to please look after yourself. Take from this post what you like and leave what you don’t.
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