Self-Confidence VS Self-Esteem

Confidence comes from the Latin word fidere which means to trust; in other words, self-confidence means we trust our knowledge, skills, and abilities. Esteem comes from the Latin word aestimare, which means to appraise, value, rate, weigh, or estimate; in other words, self-esteem is how we appraise or value our self-worth.

Causes of low self-esteem

Some of the many causes of low self-esteem may include:

  • Unhappy childhood where parents (or other significant people such as teachers) were extremely critical
  • Poor academic performance in school resulting in a lack of confidence
  • Ongoing stressful life event such as relationship breakdown or financial trouble
  • Poor treatment from a partner, parent or care, for example, being in an abusive relationship
  • Ongoing medical problem such as chronic pain, serious illness or physical disability
  • Mental illness such as an anxiety disorder or depression.

Seek help for underlying self-esteem problems

Chronic problems can be demoralizing and lead to self-esteem issues. Seek professional advice for problems such as relationship breakdown, anxiety disorder or financial worries.

How to improve self-esteem/self-confidence

  • Be kind to yourself.
  • Try your best not to compare yourself to others.
  • Exercise regularly to release endorphins and ‘happiness hormones’ like dopamine and serotonin.
  • Set realistic goals for yourself and check in with your progress regularly.
  • Remember: everyone makes mistakes, so don’t beat yourself up when you do.
  • Focus on what is within your control.
  • Make time for your hobbies and the things you enjoy. 
  • Celebrate your victories, no matter how big or small.
  • Be a good friend, and make time to spend with your loved ones.
  • Surround yourself with supportive people.

Why Self-Confidence and Self-Esteem Matters,confidence%20helps%20us%20try%20again.

Confidence helps us feel ready for life’s experiences. When we’re confident, we’re more likely to move forward with people and opportunities — not back away from them. And if things don’t work out at first, confidence helps us try again.

It’s the opposite when confidence is low. People who are low on confidence might be less likely to try new things or reach out to new people. If they fail at something the first time, they might be less likely to try again. A lack of confidence can hold people back from reaching their full potential.

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