Self-worth is the internal sense of being good enough and deserving of others’ love and belonging. Self-worth is frequently confused with self-esteem, which is defined by external factors such as successes and achievements and can be inconsistent, causing someone to struggle with feeling worthy. While it is critical to understand our strengths and areas for development, we also need to feel good enough even when we make mistakes or things do not go as planned in our lives.
Having a generally negative overall opinion of oneself, judging or evaluating oneself critically, and placing a general negative value on oneself as a person are all symptoms of low self-worth. People who have low self-esteem frequently criticise themselves and their abilities, dismiss compliments or positive qualities, and focus on mistakes, what they did not do, or what other people appear to do or have. Low self-worth is sometimes the result of difficult childhood experiences in which a child is led to believe that they are not good enough, and this narrative follows them into adulthood. People’s low self-esteem can manifest in a variety of ways.
There are numerous ways to boost your self-esteem. Self-compassion is an excellent place to begin. Self-compassion is the ability to be kind to oneself and say and do kind things to oneself as one would a good friend, as opposed to being self-critical. We can remind ourselves that everyone makes mistakes and is flawed, as this is what makes us all human. You must first recognize that you are struggling and allow yourself to process any emotions that may arise as a result of the situation. The resources listed below may assist you in gaining insight into what influences your self-worth and increasing your self-worth through self-compassion and other acceptance and healing methods.