Written by Catherine Rein (last updated May 11, 2009)
As a young child I suffered from shyness and low self-esteem. It made school a challenge, particularly when dealing with other children in the classroom. Fortunately, I had a strong support system of parents and teachers to help me find my strengths and build my self-esteem.
Building your self-esteem can have a positive impact on your life and on the lives of your family members. With a high self-esteem you'll be able to cope with the stressful events in your life and find opportunities to express your individuality. The strategies listed here are some of the ways to improve your self-esteem:
The impact of low self-esteem can trigger unhealthy physical, emotional and behavioral responses. You might recognize physical responses such as a stiff neck, sore back, stomach problems or a rapid heartbeat. Emotional responses include feelings of depression, anger, sadness or anxiety. If you are eating when you are not hungry, working more than usual or obsessing about a situation these might be unhealthy behavioral responses.
Remember that that personality you are born with can be nurtured along and brought out with the right training and support. Once you've broken out of old thought patterns you can build a stronger self-worth and positive thought patterns.
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