It’s normal for you to feel bad about yourself from time to time, it happens to everyone, but is it just a bad day or is there a bigger problem? Maybe you don’t really love yourself and you should start to realize it in order to make the relevant changes in your life . There are people who experience low self-esteem for a long time and that makes them feel bad about themselves.

There are many things you can do if you have that negative perspective of yourself, such as being bullied in first school, experiencing anxiety for family reasons or being neglected in your own home .

Many people who face a negative view of themselves have experienced this due to some type of trauma in their younger years. This type of self-loathing can also be the result of a negative experience in adulthood. It is important that people love each other as they deserve.

Having love for yourself is essential to be happy

Having true love for yourself is essential to being happy. If you don’t love yourself, you won’t be able to love others, and this is very true . If you hate yourself, you are unlikely to face abuse or receive unnecessary criticism.

You are more likely to settle for less than you deserve. On the other hand, if you love yourself, you will feel safe to disagree with your partner or friend , and you will know that it is okay. You will not stay with just anyone, nor will you sacrifice your feelings and opinions to fill a void. You will project confidence and be successful throughout your life.

So how can you tell if you have a harmful view of yourself, rather than just a bad day? Here are some clues to consider. Remember that this is not an exhaustive list … but it will help you get an idea.

You constantly have negative self-talk

If you are constantly talking bad to yourself, you are engaging in what psychologists call negative self- talk  These patterns are incredibly detrimental to your self-esteem and, in addition to feeling bad about yourself, it can also have many devastating consequences, such as falling into addictions. Negative self-talk plays a major role in not really loving yourself.

When you don’t care about yourself as you should, you are capable of overly criticizing yourself, expecting perfection, or even being hard on yourself for the most trivial things. It is one thing to demand yourself for excellence and quite another to criticize yourself only with negative and too harsh words.

For example, a person with negative self-talk may make a good-natured group joke but later think that others are offended. This can cause panic and anxiety attacks, and you may even insult yourself and make unnecessary apologies to others. If this has ever happened to you, then you should start to appreciate the negative thoughts that crop up in your mind.

Obviously, there are many more scenarios in which you can engage in negative self-talk, and realizing this is the first step to the internal change you need. By challenging the thoughts you have and working to change your mindset and feelings about yourself, you will be able to change this pattern. If you need help from a trained professional to do this, feel free to seek help. You can look for a psychologist who specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).

You do not defend yourself or avoid conflicts

When you feel bad about yourself, you may think that you are not nice . Because of this, particularly in relationships, you may not defend yourself in cases of abuse. Also, if you disagree with your partner and express your differences, when questioned, you can immediately retract your opinion or clarify what you “really meant.”

You’re filling a void negatively

If you have low self-esteem , you can turn to alcohol, drugs, gambling, sex, or a host of other negative behaviors to fill that love void in your life. If you think he may have a problem with a substance or behavior, you probably do.  Talk to someone and get help.

You find yourself conforming to any area of ​​your life

Are you stuck in a job that you hate, but feel like you won’t be hired anywhere else? Are you with someone who doesn’t make you feel loved or is abusive, but you feel like you can’t do better? Do you hide negative behavior from your partner (addiction, abuse, etc.) because you are afraid that people will encourage you to quit and you cannot bear to be alone? All of these things can indicate that you are settling for less than you deserve.

You can change your thoughts and become a much healthier and happier person. Loving yourself can take time, but know that it is possible. If you need advisory services to do it, you just have to look for them. Feeling good about yourself will give you freedom and happiness, and a much better life overall.

Believe in yourself

The really important thing in all this is that you are able to trust yourself, in knowing that you are capable of doing things for yourself. If at any time you make mistakes or make bad decisions, you do not have to sink, the reality is that those bad decisions or mistakes are making you grow as a person and help you learn to do things better in the future … they are undoubtedly , a good gift of life, although at first they seem like a punishment.

Remember that all people make mistakes and that even the biggest mistakes are the best discoveries ever made. If something goes wrong, all you need is the will to change and perseverance. When you realize that you are capable of achieving what you set out to do, then your self-esteem will start to grow like foam, but so that it does not decrease too quickly … keep your self-esteem at good levels! You are a great person and you should treat yourself how you deserve, do not expect less!

Elle Mcdonald

I am Elle Mcdonald Specializations in Psychology . Graduated in psychology from the University of Tennessee in 2000. Diploma of Advanced Studies in the Department of Personality, Evaluation and psychological treatments with excellent results.

First Level of Master in Clinical Psychology at the Center for Behavioral Therapists (recognized with a scientific-professional nature by the College of Psychologists)

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