Mindshift – The National Self Esteem Initiative, reminds us that:
‘Our Self Esteem affects almost every aspect of our lives, from how we think about ourselves to the way we think or react to life situations.
When negative influences and thoughts are prevalent – generated from either within ourselves or through others – it adversely affects not only the way we feel about ourselves but also impacts on the experiences we have in our lives. Over time this can lead to low self esteem which can reduce the quality of a person’s life in many different ways. Unchecked, a low self esteem may even lead to mental health issues such as anxiety and depression or even more tragic results.’ Read more.
I have seen myself in this pickle. The onset of mental health issues commonly effects self-esteem and sense of identity in the world. It’s absolutely worthwhile keeping-check on your self-esteem during emotional, psychological and spiritual challenges. Experiencing these challenges is no reason to feel low about yourself or judge, criticise or cast blame. Sometimes, what is required is learning how to develop tricks and tools of the behavioural trade, so that you can react to life’s situations without damaging your wellbeing.
When Mindshift invited me to make a Glass Half Full promise I took the opportunity to reinstate my commitment to having a healthy self-esteem. Discovering constructive ways of expressing emotion (as opposed to destructive, self-harming ways) has helped me shine a light on the negative preoccupation of depression, so my promise took shape like this:
What’s your Glass Half Full Day promise? …
Love C.C. Myers
Advocate for the Heart and Soul in Mental Health Care