It wasn’t initially recognized as a serious medical condition, but low-self is constantly withering down the entire mental and psychological structure of a whole lot of people, especially for those who fall within the age bracket of 13 to 35. It’s a wide age bracket, we know and that’s why you’re reading this. We would like to tell you exactly what low self-esteem is, the stats behind it, the signs and check markers, things you may not know about it, and what to do to put your self-esteem back in shape. If you’re ready, then let’s proceed.
self-esteem is a very critical psychological thinking disorder in which an individual views himself/herself as inadequate, unlovable, and/or incompetent. Once formed, this negative view permeates every thought, producing faulty assumptions and ongoing self-defeating behaviour. Self-sabotaging thoughts tend to plague people with low self-esteem and being constantly feeling inferior is their constant outlook on life.
Let’s Talk About Stats
Did you know that among secondary school students, 44% of girls and 15% of guys are attempting to lose weight not because they think it’s healthy, but because of what someone said about their body? Also, over 70% of girls age 15 to 17 avoid normal daily activities, such as attending school, when they feel bad about their looks. 75% of girls with poor esteem reported engaging in negative activities like cutting, bullying, smoking, drinking, or disordered eating.
6 out of 10 people who engage in deconstructive social behaviours are found to have, at some point, suffered from a bruised self-esteem. 8 out of 10 depressed females have self-esteem. In Nigeria, 3 out of 5 people between the age of 14 and 25, more often than not, have had to discard or react to a negative comment made about physical appearance, their body structure or their intelligence.
Now, what do we do when we find yourself in a situation where we’re stripped of every iota of confidence? How do we stay chilled when we find ourselves in a situation that tests us? A make or break situation where a lot is at stake. For those with well-developed self-esteem, they remain chilled and unruffled but for those who, for one reason or the other, have affected self-esteem, it’s always a different story entirely.
The bad thing about having poor esteem sometimes is the fact that many people who have self-esteem don’t actually know that they have poor self-esteem. That brings us to the signs of poor esteem. How do you know if there’s work to be done?
Signs of Low Self-Esteem.
We may need to work on how we perceive ourselves if we exhibit any of these signs of poor esteem:
- Excessive feelings of shame, depression, or anxiety
- The belief that others are better than you
- Intense fear of failure
- Trouble accepting positive feedback
- Lack of confidence
- Inability to express your needs
- Negative outlook
- Focus on your weaknesses
Premier Cool is a confidence-boosting bath bar that ensures you stay chilled all day as you step into your daily activities with maximum confidence but of course, if you find yourself with any of the aforementioned attributes, then you might want to start working on yourself and intentionally doing things that will reinforce your belief in yourself and your abilities.
Also, in a bid to make self-esteem a thing of the past, you need to stay away from environments or people who look down on you and surround yourself with people who believe in you and constantly boost your morale. It can lead to depression and this is why Premier Cool is an advocate for confidence in a lot of young people. The message is simple – When your dreams test you; stay chilled (and remember that you’ve got high self-esteem).