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Self-Esteem Issues

Drawing From Within

At Mind and Wellness Counselling, we help you connect with your inner strengths, to learn how to draw on them to develop resiliency and a more positive view of yourself and your life.

Effects of Low Self Esteem

Teenage girl with self esteem issuesThe cycle of self-criticism can sap away a person’s joy in life. If you are suffering from low self-esteem, you may stop doing hobbies or sports that you once enjoyed for fear of judgment. Feelings of anger, guilt, or sadness may keep you from enjoying activities that you do try. Some people may do self-destructive behaviors such as abusing substances or neglecting hygiene.

Self-doubt can interfere with productivity at work or school. A person may worry so much about others’ opinions that they don’t focus on the task at hand. They may avoid taking risks or making goals out of a certainty they will fail. A person with low self-esteem may lack resilience in the face of a challenge.

Self-esteem issues can also impact one’s social life. Someone with low self-esteem may believe they are unworthy of love. They may try to “earn” the love of others and accept negative treatment. Others may bully and criticize others to compensate for their own insecurities. A fear of rejection can prevent people from seeking relationships at all. Social isolation can further feed into a negative self-image.

Low self-esteem can contribute to mental health concerns. It is especially common among people with the following concerns: