How To Identify Low Self Esteem & Depression
The definition of low self-esteem (sometimes known as depression) is simple – a feeling of unworthy, incapable and incompetent self-worth.
These thoughts can lead to a dangerous cycle where continued negative self-beliefs begin to create an unconscious pattern of behavior that reinforces those thoughts in that person’s mind.
The consequences that arise from low self-esteem (LSE) do so because of 4 basic fears psychologists have noticed in individuals with LSE.
They are a fear of…
… doing something they believe will confirm their low self-image.
… feeling depressed, desperate and humiliated once again.
… others recognizing their inabilities and inadequacies.
… losing what they already have, never being successful, and possibly leading to abandonment.
Challenging Negative Thoughts
Once identified, harmful self-beliefs need to be challenged.
Psychologists call any incorrect self-belief a “cognitive distortion”.
These are irrational and exaggerated ideas, beliefs and thoughts.
If you catch yourself constantly seeing negatives, focus on the positive.
Challenge your “always negative” beliefs by aggressively looking for positive, rewarding, uplifting and invigorating occurrences in your everyday life.
When you spend time looking for positive events and thoughts, fewer negative thoughts enter your mind.
How to Identify Your Positive Qualities and Gain a More Objective View of Yourself
You know how unhealthy a negative self-image can be. And really, when your self-beliefs are incorrectly critical, you are cheating yourself of a happy and successful existence.
How Exercise and Activity Can Boost Your Confidence
What is this secret LSE-killer? Exercise, physical activity of any kind.
When you are physically active, the process that goes on inside your body, one that automatically works the same way every time, rewards you with “feel-good” responses.
Oxygenated blood is pumped through your body at an elevated rate.
This energizes your muscles.
Your ability to lift heavier weights and even perform simple tasks is improved.
But what also happens is, special endorphins are sent to your brain.
This is called the “feel-good” response.
The benefits of exercise deliver a self-confident boost in many ways.
The natural process instantly makes you feel happier and better about yourself.
- You sleep better
- Your joints and bones are stronger
- You even benefit from improved sexual function
- You also begin to notice that you look and feel better
The compliments you receive from others who recognize your healthy and happy attitude begin a wonderful cycle of positive self-belief.
You begin to realize that you are worthy of success, happiness, peace and a positive belief in yourself.
That means you need to get started today planning a regular exercise routine.
Exercise is also naturally effective at helping you deal with anxiety, pain and stress, both physically and mentally.
Your brain is telling you that exercise is good for your body and your mind.
So you must do more exercise.
Low self-esteem can be mentally and physically debilitating, and actually take years off your life.
Now that you have an idea of exactly what LSE is, begin aggressively identifying negative, irrational self-beliefs in your life.
Take action, challenging those beliefs by viewing them from an objective and rational standpoint.
Look for positive character traits in your life, and mentally reward yourself with physical exercise and self-assertiveness.