Can low self-esteem make you anxious? How to solve this problem!

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Sometimes you look at those super confident physicians and think, I wish I could be just like them. You’re not alone, as about 50% of healthcare workers have low self-esteem. 1

Caring. the basis of good healthcare, depends on knowing more about who you are. It isn’t easy to help others unless you have a clear idea of how to help yourself by knowing who you are and what you value. For the nurse to use yourself therapeutically, understanding the self is required.

It would help if you looked consciously at yourself objectively identifying and processing information vital to your well-being. Your self-esteem is affected by biological, psychological, social, and cultural factors. Awareness of self includes recognizing and evaluating the effects of internal and external stimuli. These stimuli include behavior, needs, motives, attitudes, values, feelings, perceptions, assumptions, thoughts, beliefs, and interactions with one’s environment.

Self-esteem is your overall opinion or evaluation of yourself, and it has a close relationship with your mental health.2

When you have healthy self-esteem, you tend to feel positive about yourself and life in general, which helps you deal better with life’s ups and downs.3

In contrast, having low self-esteem can put you at higher risk of having mental health problems like anxiety and depression and deal with their negative consequences.2 This is because you’re more likely to see things in a more negative and critical light and feel less prepared to deal with life’s challenges.3

Why would you have low self-esteem?

Our self-image is built in childhood and is influenced by our parents, friends, teachers, and the media. These messages stay with us when we grow up.3

How does it affect you?

Low self-esteem is one of the causes of burnout in healthcare professionals, a sense of physical and emotional exhaustion.4 It can also make you:3

  • Avoid social situations or try new things.
  • Increase the chances of having depression or anxiety
  • Develop unhealthy habits such as smoking or drinking

How to improve your self-esteem?

First, you’ll have to identify and challenge those negative beliefs about yourself. For example, if you tell yourself you’re stupid, note something brilliant that you said or did.3

Other tips are 3

  • Recognize what you’re good at – it may be art, cooking, singing…
  • Think of the moment as a built-in reminder to take care of your health.
  • Be kind to yourself and less critical whenever possible.
  • Avoid people that bring you down and keep the positive ones closer.
  • Be more assertive and learn how to say no.
  • Find a psychological therapy service.

 

Hypnotherapy for low self-esteem

Hypnotherapy can be very effective for improving self-esteem and relieving stress and anxiety. The technique works with the subconscious, where those negative thoughts about yourself live and encourage more positive responses.

 

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References

1- Johnson, Avita R., et al. “Do low self-esteem and high stress lead to burnout among health-care workers? Evidence from a tertiary hospital in Bangalore, India.” Safety and health at work 11.3 (2020): 347-352.

2- The overlap between low self-esteem and anxiety/depression in CAMHS. The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health. Available: https://www.acamh.org/research-digest/self-esteem-anxiety-depression/. Access: 05/03/2022.

3- Raising low self-esteem. NHS, 2022. Available: https://www.nhs.uk/mental-health/self-help/tips-and-support/raise-low-self-esteem/. Access: 05/03/2022.

4- Molero Jurado, María del Mar, et al. “Burnout in health professionals according to their self-esteem, social support and empathy profile.” Frontiers in psychology 9 (2018): 424.

 

 

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