Low self esteem is like intuition; you may not be able to put your finger on it but you definitely know something’s not right.
Individuals who struggle with low self esteem often describe a variety of concerns or issues that all to dance around the core problem. Social anxiety. Feelings of depression in Coral Springs. A desire for perfection. Procrastination. Each of these is a symptom of and can be a result of low self esteem.
How do you know if you have low self esteem?
1. You have a hard time taking compliments (and criticism)
When we struggle with low self esteem, it can often show up when we least expect it, like taking a compliment. We’re so unsure of ourselves and our abilities that we brush off or feel physically uncomfortable when someone points out something positive about us.
Conversely, we take criticism THAT much harder because we see it as not just a mistake, a human error, but a fatal character flaw, which we can never overcome.
Neither of these attitudes are healthy, as they swing us too far to one side or another with our self esteem. Healthy self esteem keeps us balanced and centered, accepting compliments politely and recognizing mistakes happen and aren’t the end all be all.
2. You feel undeserving
This goes along with the inability to accept compliments: we feel so undeserving of the good things our life because we just can’t possibly imagine that we’re good enough.
When good things happen, you’re more likely to say “Oh, it was an accident.” Or “It happened by chance.” It’s difficult for you to take credit for your accomplishments because you just don’t see your innate worth.
3. You just don’t like yourself
This might be the biggest indicator of low self esteem yet the hardest to admit. It might even come off as “self love”. You’ve seen examples of this: the social media influencer blowing up your feed with the everything they’re doing, new hairstyle, clothes, facials, and working out.
What you don’t see is that this individual is struggling HARD to love themselves. They think they’ll find happiness in the next hair cut or pair of jeans, but true self acceptance isn’t found in material items.
If any of these sound like something you’re struggling with, I’d love to help you find a way to love yourself more and improve yourself esteem. You can reach me at 561-331-1715.