Symptoms of Low Self-Esteem

Symptoms of Low Self-EsteemUnderstanding the symptoms of low self esteem is crucial to your success in life. If you are unaware of how your self esteem is achieved and the levels you should aim for you will be unable to utilise your true potential by having the determination you need to attain your planned dreams and visualisations.

The most common symptoms of low self esteem are:

1. Lack of ambition

To not have any ambition or enthusiasm in whatever you do in life is one of the worst symptoms of low self esteem. If you do not have any enthusiasm in your job you will find it difficult to gain promotion or better your prospects in your professional life. This will lead to frustration and aggression. Likewise lack of enthusiasm in any area of your life will only ensure you do not give your best and this will only bring sadness and unhappiness.

2. Negative behavior and attitude

Always seeing things negatively or having negative thoughts will prevent you from experiencing a favourable result in anything you attempt to do making everyday life an uphill struggle. Endeavour to rise above the negativity, find a solution, or support from a friend.

3. Lack of pride in your appearance

First impressions count so if you do not take pride in your appearance and not pay attention to your dress, tending to look untidy and disorganised, which is the image you are portraying to everyone around you. Your appearance often indicates what type of person you really are so if you tend to have an unbothered, uncared for style of dress then this is representative of your personality and character.

4. Unhealthy lifestyle

Another important symptom of low self esteem is the way you look after yourself: your diet and lifestyle. By not eating a sensible diet, lack of exercise and maybe excessive alcohol intake these are all contributory factors to an unhealthy lifestyle which can often be accompanied by ill health too. Feeling low in mood is often fuelled by eating comfort foods as a result and you are caught up in a catch 22 situation very easily.

5. Shyness

Being unable to speak to someone without experiencing blushing or just being unable to speak when you meet someone new are common problems which can be overcome. However, if you are a casualty of severe shyness where you experience panic attacks or emotional distress, it may be advisable to seek professional help.

6. Fear

Fear of failure is probably one of the most destructive feelings to experience but fear whether it is a phobia or just an everyday fear all need to be overcome to be able to live a fulfilling life. So learn how to handle and manage your fear. Find the ability within yourself to face each fear and analyse the situation by seeing fear as your protector and facing the dangers as they arise. Recognise the benefits of fear and work with them to free yourself.

by Kathryn James
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