Mark Twain once wrote, “The worst loneliness is to not be comfortable with yourself.”
Indeed, embarking on a fulfilling life journey requires individuals to accept who they are and be comfortable with themselves.
Self-esteem is how we perceive the way we are and the sense of our personal values. Having healthy self-esteem is not just about being confident. It also involves saying "no" when needed, expressing one's physical and mental needs and avoiding dwelling on past, negative experiences.
You might be affected by low self-esteem if:
You struggle with heavy self-criticism
You express hypersensitivity to criticism
You are often indecisive, afraid of making mistakes
You urge to please others and meet their needs
You strive for unachievable perfection
You exaggerate the seriousness of past mistakes
You are often envious of or jealous of others
You have trouble feeling confident in yourself
It is important to note that sometimes positive stimuli such as possessions, sex, success or physical appearance might mask one’s low self-esteem; however, the effect will most likely to be temporary as the negative feelings associated with low self-esteem is often said to come back after such stimuli fade away.
Support groups are safe spaces structured to allow participants to share personal experiences, feelings, coping strategies and information about symptoms and treatments. The discussions often are facilitated by an experienced leader or a medical professional.
Having a low self-esteem might often be associated with other mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety. And it might be hard for individuals experiencing these disorders to confront their problems. However, support groups can allow us to gain confidence in ourselves by forming connections and providing constructive advice one can utilize in daily life.
Benefits of participating in support groups can include:
Reducing feelings of loneliness, isolation and stigma
Getting practical advice or information about treatment options
Reducing distress, depression, anxiety or fatigue
Talking openly and honestly about your feelings
Gaining a sense of empowerment, control or hope
Learning about health, economic or social resources
Benefits of online support groups can include:
Faster time to get help, skipping appointment wait time
More frequent or flexible participation
A cost effective way to see a licensed mental health professional
A degree of privacy or anonymity comparing to local community support groups
Opportunities for people in areas with no face-to-face support groups
You are not alone. Herd is ready to support you.