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How to Overcome Low Self-Esteem

How To Overcome Low Self-Esteem

Shy people typically have low self-esteem and self-confidence. More often, they try to avoid the spotlight so that they won’t be noticed. Because they stay away from a lot of things, they usually end up missing opportunities and possibilities. Because they feel so inadequate, they don’t get to share their talents and skills. Their unassertiveness and unwillingness to participate or take part in activities and moments hinder them from growing and experiencing.

How to Overcome Low Self-Esteem

Have low self-esteem? Check out these tips to overcome it.
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While some people are just shy in certain instances, others suffer from such a severe case that stunted their growth as a person. When not dealt with properly, low self-esteem can cause a person to totally lose faith in himself, have no sense of self-worth and dignity, and end up withdrawn from most people. People suffering from low self-esteem should realize that everyone is unique and imperfect, too. We are all special and, at the same time, we are all flawed.

This is perhaps easier said than done especially when low self-esteem has deep rooted causes. It can be caused by traumatic experiences from the past or a persistent, general feeling of inadequacy. It could manifest itself through panic symptoms, especially in public situations, or through negativity. But there are ways to work around severe shyness or low self-esteem. There are ways to deal with it that will allow you to embrace yourself. Here are some.

  1. Learn to be expressive. Find a medium that you can use to show and tell. Don’t constrain yourself and let everything flow out of you. Write, draw, paint, take photographs, dance, or make music. It can be any form of expression. What’s important is it allows you to be free and to be you. This can also be a form of self-discovery, which can help you realize what you can do.
  2. Know yourself. Find your strengths; know what you are good at. Everyone has some sort of skill that he or she can be proud of. No matter how little you think of it, it can be something that will propel you to hone your capabilities and lead you to greater things. Don’t think that you will never be good enough. Try to see the good in you because you of all people should learn to embrace it.
  3. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Strive to do things because they make you happy. Learn how to enjoy. Be good to yourself. Don’t stop yourself from doing things just because you believe that other people will judge you for it.
  4. Have a confidant. They can provide encouragement and support, especially when you really feel down. Listen to what they tell you and try to pick up gems of advice from them. surround yourself with good company and with friends and family who will be there for you.
  5. Choose a model person. There are others who were once like you but have come out of their shell and have been doing remarkable things. Have someone you can look up to, someone who can inspire you to finally be that amazing person.

Low self-esteem could hinder you from doing and experiencing a lot of things. Don’t let it. You are stronger than any form of insecurities. You are a wonderful and beautiful human being. Embrace this fact. Don’t be shy! Shine!

About the Author
Ryan Rivera used to suffer from anxiety attacks for seven years. For more information regarding these topics, check out his Twitter or Goggle+ account.

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