The things that affect our self-esteem are different for each person.
Your self-esteem might change suddenly, or you might have had low self-esteem for a while.
Low self-esteem often begins in childhood. Our teachers, friends, siblings, parents, and even the media send us positive and negative messages about ourselves.
Difficult or stressful experiences can also be a factor, including, but not limited too:
- being bullied
- worries about your appearance and body image
- experiencing prejudice and/or discrimination
- ongoing burnout
- mental health problems
- physical health problems
- relationship problems
Personality can also play a part, with some people being more prone to negative thinking and others set impossibly high standards for themselves.