Healthy self-esteem is a key to women’s holistic health. Self-esteem issues are the most prevalent mental health problem among women. Body image is very important; it is one of the factors that affect a woman’s self-esteem. In this day and age, women should build confidence in their relationships, jobs, personal lives, parenting skills and the ability to live their dreams. This will help them to be in-charge of their applecart. To a woman, how she looks matter a lot. A woman can spend minutes to hours in front of the mirror just to make sure she is looking her best before going out. A healthy self-image positively influences a woman’s self-esteem.
The term self-esteem is used to describe a person’s overall sense of personal value or self-worth. It is a personality trait which involves a variety of beliefs about self, such as behaviors, emotions, habitudes (habits and attitudes), beliefs and the appraisal of one’s own appearances. Confidence and satisfaction in oneself impacts all areas of one’s life. This also boosts your self-regard and self-respect. Humbleness, modesty and humility help you improve your self-esteem. Self-esteem is a sense of personal worth and ability that is fundamental to a person’s identity. Your self-concept has a great effect on how and what you feel about yourself. By loving yourself you boost your self-esteem!
As a woman, the best way to live a beautiful and blissful life is to believe in you. Every woman has the power and potential to live the life of her dream, but many are not because of the problem of low self-esteem. You can boost your self-esteem and improve your life and living through these means listed below.
#1 Appreciate Your Physique:
Those females you see in the pages of some newspapers, magazines and TV ads are often not realistic representation of real women. When you are always seeing size 4 women and you are a size 10, it can make you to start feeling undesirable or less good about yourself. Don’t mind the media! Walking around your community, you will see women of different sizes, shapes, colors and heights; know it that being beautiful and sexy comes in different forms including your own. Appreciate and celebrate yourself because you are wonderfully and beautifully made by God – the master designer. Fell good about yourself. Note: the value you place on yourself matters a lot in life.
#2 Have Positive Thoughts and Beliefs:
Replace negative and disempowering thoughts with life-uplifting and enriching thoughts. For example, if you think you are ugly, this will become real to you because your mind paints your world. Even if you have made mistakes in the past, forgive and encourage yourself. When things aren’t going well, relax and give yourself pep talks. Positive thought, confession and doing yield positive result. Affirm, “I am beautiful and unique!”
#3 Avoid Unhealthy Comparison:
Unhealthy comparison of yourself to another person will only make you feel bad. No two people are the same; every woman is unique and special. You can’t be like Ozichi Onuoha, Tammie Roundtree, Mitchell Obama, Georgenia Chigozie Onuoha, Angelina Jolie, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Noni Ntaka Camagwini, Agbani Darego, Paula White, Dora Akunyilu or Naomi Harris and they can never be like you. Be the best you! You were born an original; don’t die a copy.
Though women are called the weaker sex, they are endowed with great potentials that are enriching lives 24/7. Self-esteem gives power and vigor to a women’s life and it can be boosted with self-confidence. Do those things that empower and make you happy; these boost yourself-esteem.
© IFEANYI ENOCH ONUOHA
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