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What is Low Self-Esteem? Overcoming Low Self-Esteem.

Updated on May 10, 2016


Low self-esteem is the act of feeling worthless, having a less opinion about one self, and totally losing confidence in one self. Nothing denigrates a person than low self-esteem; People with poor self-esteem often experience feelings of worthlessness, helplessness, guilt, and self-blame. The truth is, if you tolerate a low self-esteem, you are not only going to remain at the base of a ladder, but you will keep on staggering in life.

Low self-esteem is a very serious condition that affect many people in the world, it affect children, teens, and adults. Different factors are responsible for low self-esteem, it might be due to a poor body structure, taking yourself to be incompetent, some emotional issues, being uneducated, you are afraid of communicating with others for fear that what you say might not make sense, negative thoughts.

Low self-esteem sometimes occur as a result of bullies from other kids right from child hood when they were picked on and called so many ugly names. All these factors can cause a decrease in a person’s self-esteem.

The moment you start thinking on how to improve your self-esteem, the better life you are laying for yourself. The first step to improving your self-esteem is to change the way you think. How you think determines your behavior, who you are and how others will take you to be. You must think big of yourself, believe you can do everything well more than every other person, and be determined to go for what you desire with confidence.


  • People with low self esteem disassociate themself from others.
  • People with low self-esteem take their self as being worthless, and do not have much respect for themselves.
  • They fear of failing and thereby predoing or trying new things.
  • They judge them self harshly and worry too much about what others say about them.
  • People with low self-esteem always think negatively, and so they find it difficult to succeed.
  • They see their self-falling before they even start.
  • They believe they can never be as good as others can.
  • They do not believe in themselves.


To overcome low self-esteem, you need to follow the following tips listed below.

  • Love and accept yourself

Learn to love and accept yourself, when you love and accept your being, the way you do things, you’re thinking towards life will change and you will then begin to appreciate your effort. Appreciating oneself is vital not only for one's psychological or emotional health. It is also an essential thing in improving physical health. Self-esteem is based on how you see your competence and worth as a person. People with low self-esteem are often fearful, timid, shy, and reluctant. Comparing yourself with other people can damage your self-esteem .

  • Identify those areas where you possess low self-esteem

Identify those areas that you mostly lack confidence, is it in the midst of your peer group, or in the society at a whole. It’s a challenge and you have to defeat it, with determination and self-confidence challenge it back look them in the eye, do those things you think you couldn't have possibly done when you are in their presence. Because the people are not your problem, you are your problem. No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. Refuse to listen and accept negative things people say about you and believe in your personality.

  • Increase your knowledge

Another way to increasing your self-esteem is to work on improving your knowledge and abilities. Read books to gain information about what you need to know, read for pleasure. Attend seminars, meet with different people, and learn how they deal with things around them. What you know can strengthen your self-confidence when you are out there.

  • Change environment

Your environment has a great influence on the confidence that you exhibit as an individual. You are not coping in your current environment, consider relocating or taking a break for a while, it might be difficult at first but it will help you build your self-improvement. Be with people who love and accepts you.

  • Forget your past

one of the happiest moments ever is when you feel the courage to let go of what you cannot change. It is normal to face difficult situations once in life, you might have experienced pain, hard times. Do not allow those experience develop into fear and accept that everyone makes mistakes. When you make a mistake take them as a lesson and move forward.

  • Develope a positive mental attitude

Your action are the evidence of what you have inside of you, you cannot rise higher than your thought. What you think is whom you are and that is how people will take you, and so the quality of your thought determine the quality of the life you live. Change that thought of I cannot, to I can, change the thought of I do not know what people will say to I do not care what people will say. Embrace a positive mental attitude towards life, be smart, stop withdrawing yourself, and think on whatever thing will bring virtue.
Develop a viewpoint of superiority. Show your best at all times. Be cheerful and happy. Surprise everyone with your attitude of confidence.

  • Exercise

Exercise can help you improve your self-esteem. During exercise, chemicals like endorphin helps to reduce depression when released and makes you feel happy. Exercise can help you forget all the negative feeling and problems you face. In addition, whenever you feel you are doing something positive for yourself, you make your self-esteem stronger.

  • Motivation

we need motivation in order to improve ourselves. Motivation comes from determination. Do not give up because nothing good comes easy. Believe in yourself, do not allow situation to beat you below the belt. Do something you have never done before. Think of it as being exciting and different. Thomas Edison failed seven hundred times during the process of inventing an incandescent bulb. On the New Yoke newspaper, they asked how he felt failing seven hundred times, his answer was I have not failed, not even once; I have however proved there are seven hundred ways it will not work. This is nothing but motivation, you have to keep on pulling through each time challenges keep knocking you down. Therefore, you need motivation to improve your self-esteem.


Oft times nothing profits more
Than self-esteem, grounded on just and right
Well managed.
By John Milton.

Confidence is a plant of slow growth in an aged bosom.
By William Pitt the Elder (1708 - 1778)

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
By Eleanor Roosevelt (1884 - 1962)

wherever an inferiority complex exists, there is a good reason for it.
By Carl Gustav Jung.

How shall I be able to rule over others that have not full power and command of myself?
By Francois Rabelais (1494- 1553)

In addition, above all things never think that you are not good enough yourself. A man should never think that. My belief is that in life people will take you very much at your own reckoning.
By Anthony Trollope (1815 - 1882)

Do not waste your life away feeling incompetence, hopelessness, defectiveness. Rather go through improving your self-esteem. Therefore, if you choose to start building your self-esteem, do so as fast as possible. An optimistic way of living will help you build self-esteem, have it in mind that you are an important and worthy person.


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