Podcast: Over time, low self-esteem can hurt our mental health – Joan Atimango explains

We are all different and special in our ways. Many keep saying this but how many of you believe in this? Do you know why you are special? Do you believe you are enough just the way you are? I want you to take time and reflect on this

I want to believe we all at one point have had to deal with low self-esteem but before I unleash low self-esteem, allow me to define self-esteem. Self-esteem is the way you perceive and value yourself; it is an opinion about yourself and this is based on or influenced by past experiences and beliefs you have about yourself which you feel are very difficult to change

When you have low self-esteem, you tend to see each and everything with a negative light, and may even struggle to value yourself which can affect you in several ways. Low self-esteem comes with feelings of unhappiness, self-doubt, insecurity and so many others

Everyone has different things that affect their self-esteem; it could be because of body image worries, abuse, media and societal expectations, difficulties at work or school, relationship problems and so many others.

It is very important to admit the huge influence of society and social media. Social media gives us presumed access to different people’s lives, thoughts and opinions and this continually gives us an “ideal” picture of the “perfect” life.

All the information that we come across right from the societal expectations and beauty myths is presented as a fact which later becomes very difficult for us to detach from

Over time, low self-esteem can hurt our mental health and can lead to conditions such as depression, anxiety, self-harm, eating disorders and so much more

Here is the podcast, list and learn, relearn and unlearn a few things.

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Writer:
Joan Atimango
Program Officer, Big Sister Mentorship Program

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Frank Byaruhanga is a human rights activist with years of experience in community dialogues, digital communication, advocacy and digital campaigns. He specializes in Media Relation Work, Management and Training with sufficient knowledge in Governance, Accountability, Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights, Youth-led research, Content developer, Creative Activism, Social Media Management and documentary photography.

2 Comments

  1. Ekel Fiona Reply

    This is so true, low self esteem affects ones mental health in one way or the other and most people live in self denial just because of the low self esteem they have.

  2. Asiimwe Bronia Samantha Reply

    Wonderful message passed on Joan.
    You are right this affects many I can testify.
    But thanks to your words I now can do more and believe in my self.

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