Low self esteem can affect our quality of life in many different ways. When low self esteem is not treated it can lead to major mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression. Low self esteem is not thought of as a mental health condition in itself, however, there is strong correlation to how we feel about ourselves and our mental health.
What is Quality of Life?
Quality of life is the general well-being of individuals. This can mean our own satisfaction in life. Many factors play in our quality of life such as our physical and mental health, family, education, employment, religious beliefs, and environment.
Ways quality of life an be affected by low self esteem.
Low self esteem can cause many different negative factors in our life. These factors can often harm us. Whether it is self destructive behavior or anxieties that harm our relationships.
Low self esteem can cause the following….
- Poor Relationships
- Body Dysmorphia
- Self Destructive Tendencies
- Suicidal Ideation
There are many components to quality of life.
Several of them can improve our self esteem. While working on our quality of life we can raise own own self worth and self confidence.
These components are….
- Material living conditions
- Leisure and Social Interactions
- Economic and Physical safety
- Governance and basic rights
- Natural and living environment
- Overall experience of life
How can we improve our Quality of Life?
I found a wonderful article that lists so many habits we should get into that help improve our quality of life. They include meditation, saving 20% of our income, seeking out continual education, get organized, socializing and networking.
How do these help build our self esteem?
Our self esteem can be low for many reasons and every person may have different self defeating habits. Often times those with low self esteem feel like failures. If it’s due to a dead end career perhaps furthering your education can help. Furthering your education can open up new, lofty career opportunities. If you’re constantly worried about paying the bills and keeping a roof over your head saving can help, budgeting, setting yourself up to not live pay check to pay check.
If you feel alone due to social anxieties, even though it may be hard at first, going out and being social can help. It’s hard to fight social anxieties, I know, but often when we do practice we quiet those anxieties. I for the longest time was unable to talk publicly with out shaking, I was so fearful, then I joined Toastmasters, the practice in a warm and comforting environment helped me build my own self confidence.
What can you do today to help improve your quality of life?
Remember you have more control then you may think.
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