Our self-esteem is how we value and perceive ourselves. It's based on our opinions and beliefs about ourselves, which can be difficult to change. Self-esteem can affect whether you like and value yourself as a person.
In my counselling practice I support clients who are struggling to appreciate their value to themselves, their families, community and society.
If you feel that your self-esteem is low and that you don't like or value yourself the following FAST tips may help.
Be fair: to yourself as well as to other people. It's important to learn that your needs are just as important as everyone else's. Be assertive and speak your truth.
No apologies: don't be overly apologetic. Don't apologise for having an opinion or disagreeing with others.
Stick to your values: don't compromise or abandon your values trying to please others or to conform.
Be truthful: don't make excuses. Be honest and don't exaggerate or lie.
Always remember to be as kind to yourself as you are to others.