Self-esteem is the degree to which a person feels confident in themselves and worthy of respect. It exists as a continuum that can fluctuate from high to low. When your self-esteem falls this can influences your overall well-being.
If you have low self-esteem you can feel shame and self-doubt, sometimes leading you to criticising yourself. A negative cycle of low self-esteem can cause people to lose their enjoyment in such areas as hobbies that they once enjoyed through fear of judgement. This can cause mental health problems such as depression.
There is help out there and speaking to a counsellor can really help if you are struggling with low self-esteem. Counsellors use a variety of techniques to help guide you through your life situation and build you back up so you can get back on track to a more positive ‘you’ where you can start to truly enjoy life again.