Good enough: Enhancing self-esteem in adults

There are many factors that could affect a person’s self-esteem.  Whether it is because of insecurities, illnesses, past experiences, anxieties, or fears, these things could hinder a person from going beyond their comfort zone.  In adulthood, these things could lessen or intensify.  These could also trigger mental and physical health disorders.  Here are some tips for a healthy self-esteem:

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Be patient and kind with yourself

We all have goals that we want to achieve.  Most of the time, we end up veering off from the direction we have set for ourselves.  Life also throws curve balls that sets us back.  When these things happen, it’s easy to feel frustrated.  However, you need to remember that you are more important than your past achievements and your future goals.  Understand that you need to move forward.  But in the process, be sure to take care of yourself.

Surround yourself with encouraging people

A healthy environment is important for a person to thrive.  When you surround yourself with people who will support you, it will be easier to see yourself in a positive light.  And in times of distress, you can rely on these people to help you out.  On that note, even in the workplace, you can find “your people.”  These people will help you achieve career goals and perhaps even be some of your good friends along the way.

Seek help

If you feel that low self-esteem is beginning to hinder you from truly living,don’t be afraid to seek help.  You can go to life coaches, counselors, doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists, and trained mental health professionals who will help you understand what is going on.  You can also open up to these people about your struggles without experiencing judgment.

When it comes to developing self-esteem, start by setting up small, achievable goals that will set you up for little victories.  Accomplishing simple things such as waking up half an hour early, finishing work on time, or going to the gym after months of having no exercise are great boosters that will encourage you to accomplish more.  Remember that you are already good enough even while you’re still working towards a better version of yourself.

My name is Wayne Imber.  I hold a Ph.D. in psychology and am a retired professor currently residing in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Throughout my 30-year-long career, I’ve taught social and developmental psychology classes in both undergraduate and master’s programs in Chicago and throughout Arizona and Massachusetts.   Visit this blog for similar reads.

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