Topic 4 Self-esteem

Self-esteem is how we value and perceive ourselves. It’s based on our opinions and beliefs about ourselves, which can sometimes feel difficult to change.  Women often downplay their abilities, affecting their chances of promotion and recognition.  It is important to recognise this when tackling gender inequality in the workplace.

Your self-esteem can affect whether you:

  • Like and value yourself as a person

  • Are able to make decisions and assert yourself

  • Recognise your strengths 

  • Feel able to try new or difficult things

  • Show kindness towards yourself

  • Move past mistakes without blaming yourself unfairly

  • Believe you matter and are good enough

Find out about the six pillars of self-esteem in this video:

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How to improve your self-esteem:

  • Use hopeful statements

  • Treat yourself with kindness and encouragement

  • Forgive yourself

  • Avoid ‘should’ and ‘must’ statements

  • Focus on the positive

  • Consider what you’ve learned

  • Relabel upsetting thoughts

  • Encourage yourself