We need to understand the causes of poor self-esteem because it can have a significant effect on our lives. It can lead to low self-confidence and other mental health problems.
Some factors that contribute to poor self-esteem are:
Social Media: The way we portray ourselves on social media can have a negative impact on our self-esteem. We might compare ourselves to others and feel inferior. This is especially true when we see people that we perceive as having better jobs, or better bodies.
Childhood: Our childhood and parents are responsible for shaping our personalities and values. If we don't receive enough love, support, or attention from our parents, then this might lead to low self-esteem and anxiety later in life. They also teach us how to behave by their example so if they show aggression or say negative things about themselves then we will do the same thing too and it will affect our feelings about ourselves. It's good to remember that we can't change the past but we can work on improving our awareness and understanding of where poor self-esteem comes from.
Perfectionism: The desire to be perfect is paralyzing, constantly striving to meet perfectionism and unrealistic expectations, can be one of the causes of low self-esteem too.
How to Build Self-Confidence When You Don't Feel Like You are enough
The first step to building confidence is to start with the basics. Discover the cause behind feeling that you are not enough. Self-esteem is an influential thing. It impacts who we are, what we do, and the people that surround us. Where does that insecurity come from? Try to understand that in a kind and honest way.
Next, you need to believe in yourself and your abilities. You need to know that you have some skills that are valuable, even if you don't feel like they are at the moment. Make a list of things at which you are good, it can be anything. And then think of what you can do to make the most of those innate skills you have.
We all have our insecurities and doubts about ourselves, but we can't let them get the best of us. In order for us to be confident, we need to take care of ourselves, take action and do the things that actually make us happy.
Extra tip: Journaling is an excellent way to get out of the negative thoughts loop and make positive changes in your life. It can help you to process your thoughts and feelings, which can then lead to a better understanding of your goals. A journal is a place where you can write down anything that comes to mind, without worrying about being judged. It's a place where you can explore what's going on inside of you, without worrying about what other people think.