How To Tackle Low Self-esteem in University

With a healthy self-esteem, you’ll feel happier, enjoy better relationships and be more likely to achieve your goals.

Having a low self-esteem is not cool and can negatively affect your life. But, let’s face it – sometimes the way you feel about yourself can take a real knock. Rebecca Mamabolo, describes self-esteem as how you view yourself: “A high self-esteem means you believe in yourself and value yourself, while a low self-esteem means you don’t.”

The problem with low self-esteem is that it can lead you to doing negative things, like taking drugs or having unprotected sex. “If your self-esteem is low, you won’t care so much about taking good care of yourself by exercising and eating healthily either,” says Mamabolo. “With a low self-esteem, you’re also more likely to get into abusive relationships, which can leave you feeling lonely and sad. You’re also less likely to leave a cheating partner who could give you HIV.”

Mamabolo adds that having a low self-esteem may cause you to choose the wrong career because you don’t trust your own decisions, and feel it’s better to just follow whatever course, diploma or degree your friends are doing. “It’s also harder for you to achieve your goals if you don’t feel good about yourself,” she says. So, remember to respect yourself so others can do the same!

3 steps to boost your self-esteem: