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WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF SELF -ESTEEM? The relationship between mental health and self-esteem



Self-esteem and mental health are closely related to one another. People with high self-esteem typically have better mental health and are more satisfied with their lives in general. Having a healthy sense of self-worth allows people to accept their flaws, focus on their strengths, and keep a realistic outlook on both the outside world and themselves.



On the other hand, those who lack self-worth are more likely to struggle with mental health problems. A low sense of self-worth and inadequacy can give rise to a number of psychological problems, including anxiety and depression, as well as an increased risk of substance misuse and eating disorders.


WHAT IS  SELF-ESTEEM?


Self-esteem refers to the overall opinion we have about ourselves. It involves how we value ourselves, our abilities, and our worth.   It consists of two main components: self-worth (feeling valuable as a person) and self-efficacy (believing in one's ability to accomplish tasks and navigate challenges). Self - esteem can be influenced by various factors, including childhood experiences, societal messages, relationships, achievements, and personal perceptions.


WHAT IS  MENTAL HEALTH?


Mental health refers to a person's emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It involves the ability to manage stress, relate to others, and make choices. It encompasses emotional well-being, cognitive function, and social interactions. It is not just the absence of mental disorders but also the presence of positive attributes such as resilience and coping skills. Mental health can be influenced by genetic factors, brain chemistry, life experiences, and family history. Stressful life events, trauma, and biological factors can contribute to mental health challenges. The relationship is dynamic, meaning that mental health can influence self-esteem, and self-esteem can impact mental health. For example, individuals facing mental health challenges may struggle with self-worth, while improving self-esteem can positively impact mental health outcomes.


SO HOW CAN WE PROMOTING POSITIVE SELF-ESTEEM AND MENTAL HEALTH


  • Self-awareness - Fostering self-esteem and preserving mental health need an understanding of one's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.Taking time to do some self reflection/self introspection. Ask yourself who you are, who do you want to be, how can I get there, do I believe its possible? These kind of questions can be hard at first but are very important in shaping and promoting positive self esteem and self awareness. 

  • Positive affirmations- Self-esteem can be increased by talking to oneself positively and focusing on one's strengths. This does not mean you are perfect but it does mean you are valuable and worthy of all the dignity and graces that come with be a human created in the likeness and image of God. You were made with intention.

  • Social support - Self-esteem and mental health can both benefit from establishing and sustaining healthy connections. In a world that changes so quickly, gives conflicting and often confusing messages finding the right social support is very challenging. Friends love, go the extra mile, check in, are will to agree and disagree with you but ultimate want what is best for you. They can be critical and judgmental but should also be open minded, willing to see other perspectives, and change when needed to ensure safety and health outcomes for their friend. “A friend that sticks closer than a brother”. That’s is a good social support


  • Seeking professional help- Counselors and therapists are examples of mental health experts who can be helpful to people who struggle with mental health difficulties or poor self-esteem. Sometimes we get so stuck in our own thoughts that we cannot see the forest for the trees. An outside perspective from counselors/therapists is very valuable as it will point out good and bad thought processes that can hold us captive to ways of thinking and active the lower our self esteem. There is a caveat to this, good counsel is something that has to be sought after. Never walk, adhere or bow to the counsel of evil/bad intentioned people but listen, gain understanding, wisdom and insight from those who demonstrate integrity, justice, morality, purity, righteousness. Your self esteem will only grow healthy and strong.

In conclusion, raising one's sense of self-worth can help one's mental health as a whole. Self-esteem and mental health are intimately related. The key to keeping a good balance is developing resilience, learning coping skills, and asking for help when you need it.


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