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Low Self Esteem Days: We All Have Them

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Julie Zantopoulos

When not acting as Vice President and Senior Editor at The Indie Chicks, Jewels is a writer at heart and most likely writing for her own website According to Jewels or working on her first novel.In her free time she loves heading to concerts, taking road trips, reading, and doing anything crafty. Don't hesitate to reach out...she loves chatting with our readers.

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We all have them, low self esteem days. Days when we’re bloated, PMS’ing, or just downright feeling awful about ourselves. Maybe we’ve hurt somebody we love or feel insanely huge as we try to find an outfit for a date. It’s the classic attack of low self esteem.

Low self esteem days happen, to everyone.

Nobody is immune. Not the ‘pretty’, ‘skinny’, ‘wealthy’, or any other “ideal” demographic. Seriously, remind yourself again, there is nobody who doesn’t suffer from low self-esteem at times. That means the super model whose legs you covet, the fitness guru whose abs you want to drool all over, and the actress who has a face and hair that makes you want to cry. They all have days where they hate the way they look, think they aren’t good enough, and get down on themselves.

Why?

Because they are human and humans have these silly things called emotions. Emotions like doubt, fear, frustration, and inwardly directed anger are not exclusively yours. So let’s talk about how to do more than survive your low self esteem days, let’s turn them into badass ones.

This too shall pass

Nothing in this life is permanent, not the good and not the bad. The mood will pass. The doubt and the hurt will clear. You will come out the other side; you always do. You’ll have a great talk with a friend, get a wink from a stranger, or help somebody and BAM your mood will improve. See ya later low self esteem, and with head held high and swagger in those hips, you can tackle the rest of your day. A little perspective goes a long way.

Don’t be a wall flower

It’s pretty easy when you’re having a low day to isolate yourself, to avoid talking to other people, and to hang in the background. After all why would you want to draw attention to yourself when you’re feeling so unworthy? Well, knock that crap off. This is the exact time that talking to other people, sharing ideas, and being seen is important. Fake it ‘til you make it, doll. Smile, chat, and be friendly because your endorphins can’t tell if you’re faking or not and when you smile you do become happier.

Nobody is perfect

No, seriously, I mean it. Nobody. Yeah we touched on this already but really let it sink in, please. The chick in the office that is always happy, bringing in baked goods, and seems to get promotions without trying? She may have an abusive husband and the show she’s putting on is more for her than for you. The point is, you just never know. So when it comes to having a low self esteem day because you are comparing yourself to other people, just remember that you may want their life but their life comes with problems too. In the end, the issues you are dealt are ones you can handle, even if you don’t think you can. Be thankful for all your blessings and squash the issues that try to overwhelm you.

Your body is not you

Yes, you should take care of your body but those flaws that are staring back in the mirror do not define you. You are not your body. Your body is a shell that houses your amazing spirit. Your personality, your traits, your kindness, your passion, and your brilliant mind are what make you, you. Hold on to the things that define you as a person, your actions and beliefs, and give them higher value than the physical. Next time your self esteem is thrown a blow because you’re bloated and or the latest skinny jean fad makes your muffin top look awful, just remember that you are more than your physical appearance. You are a dynamic, multi-dimensional, and shining person so embrace it.

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  • Chrystal Rose

    While there will still be flaws that we all despise, taking care of your body is SO important for many reasons, but definitely has a hand in improving self-esteem. Working out and putting healthy foods into your body is a surefire way to feel better both on the inside and out. Sometimes when I feel like crap about myself, I go workout and my mood is boosted from the endorphins. I also feel like instead of feeling down about whatever’s causing the low self-esteem, I went and kicked its ass!

    • Jewels

      I agree. It definitely helps to be proactive about changing what you don’t like and staying fit. Not everything can be fixed with a workout though and it’s important to deal with the mental reasons behind it as well. I gotta tell you though…nothing beats being sweaty and knowing you just killed that class. ;) Thanks, Chrystal.

  • Corina Ramos

    Hi there Jewels.

    I found your post on My Girly Parts Facebook group….

    I’ve been battling low self esteem issues for years now because of an ex. By the time I dealt with the issue the pounds packed on and made me feel worse.

    I made up my mind to not let my low self esteem control me so I started eating healthy and working out. I faced my emotions as well and that’s when I started feeling better about myself.

    The most important thing is to heal the “inside” because no matter how great we look on the outside we’ll never feel better unless we deal with the issue that caused the low self esteem.

    Nice to meet you Jewels. Hope you’re having a great day.

    • Jewels

      Corina, I’m thrilled to meet you and I’m so glad that the article made its way to your Facebook group. It’s such an important message to spread. I couldn’t agree more. Healing the internal is the only way to truly mend our self esteem. Mind you that doesn’t mean we never have low self esteem days, but they sure get fewer and further between. So glad that you’re rocking your new body, attitude, and badassness. :D