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What is your self-esteem like? - February 16th 2019, 09:46 PM

Many people feel down in the first few months of the new year, and acknowledging those feelings is a first step in improving them. February is self-esteem boosting month and it serves as a reminder to assess your self-esteem and work on what you'd like to improve.

What is your self-esteem currently like? Do you see any strengths or struggles you're experiencing? If you have good self-esteem, how do you maintain it? Do you have any advice for someone looking to work on theirs? If you have lower self-esteem, how does it feel and how do you think you could try to improve it?

My own self-esteem hasn't always been the best and it still isn't too great. Working on it and everything else is part of my daily life. I do a lot of self-talk and meditations and generally try to keep busy so I don't have too much time to think about things that are upsetting. I am a perfectionist with college and those grades have helped my self-esteem, and I recently lost a lot of weight as I was overweight. I still have some weight to lose but I am happier with how I look and I know looks don't necessarily matter but I am trying to get my inside and outside to match. Self-esteem building is definitely a constant work in progress though!


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Re: What is your self-esteem like? - February 17th 2019, 12:55 PM

My self-esteem is 50-50. With things like communication and general behaviour, I am reasonably confident. When it comes to my personal looks or work in university however, I often struggle to see things positively, though I try to think that my situation/grades could be worse than what it is. I do try to see the positive side of every negative situation/effect I have.


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Re: What is your self-esteem like? - February 17th 2019, 07:01 PM

I have an extremely low esteem. It's the main cause of my social anxiety and art blocks, because I very often abandon some paintings/drawings/stories/poems due to the fact that I believe they're not good enough.


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Re: What is your self-esteem like? - February 17th 2019, 08:16 PM

I had very low self-esteem, but I try to fix it, even if in small steps.
   
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Re: What is your self-esteem like? - February 17th 2019, 10:11 PM

Self-esteem can be hard to work on, especially because it's so different in various aspects of your life. I can definitely see struggling with self-esteem in school and creative parts of your life. Anxiety about grades is really difficult. I think caring about school so much can be both a good thing and a bad thing.

Do you ever return to any of your creative work later on with new ideas on it?

I try to see the positives of negative situations, too. Or even the small positives that aren't necessarily tied to a negative. I think it helps to take the little things that make you happy or confident and run with them.


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Re: What is your self-esteem like? - February 18th 2019, 07:01 PM

I guess I have low self-esteem. I don't like how I look, my weight and I feel like I have no idea where I'm going with life. On the flip side though, I feel like I'm slowly figuring things out and with knowledge and awareness, I feel empowered to make better decisions. So that also helps with my self-esteem. I try to lose weight but I try to think of it in a balanced way in that I tell myself I am trying to be healthy etc rather than focusing on the negatives. I read daily reminders too about being worthy which can help and I like think about the times when things have gone well to help increase my self-esteem a bit


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Re: What is your self-esteem like? - February 27th 2019, 08:28 AM

My self-esteem has always been pretty low ever since I was younger.


   
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Re: What is your self-esteem like? - February 28th 2019, 05:35 PM

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Do you ever return to any of your creative work later on with new ideas on it?
Rarely. I've got tons of ideas, so when I decide I've got to draw/write something at last, it's usually something new

I believe my self-esteem is better now than it used to be, though. I've ceased to try to fit in - at least in some cases, which I believe is the first step.

I'm a fan of metal music, which is a subculture of very specific fashion. I've got a vest with metal bands' patches that I'm not afraid to wear (I don't care about strange looks from people anymore), same goes with spiked bracelets. A guy I used to call a friend - I've cut ties with him because he was toxic and made me feel worse about myself - told me that wearing a chain attached to one's trousers was tacky. So I didn't wear it. Then he told me tattoos on a girl looked awful - so I started to have doubts whether I wanted a tattoo. Now I wear my chain and I'm going to have a tattoo done in April I'm glad I'm not in touch with that guy anymore and that I'm not concerned about how people see my clothes or the way I look. Sometimes I feel uncomfortable, especially when someone openly criticises my appearance, but I try to shrug it off.

I love going to metal concerts, because I know I won't be judged there - well, I'm going to be around people dressed in the same way! It's great to feel you belong somewhere. Such moments fill me with energy to face the world.


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