Self-esteem is the way we describe the image and opinion we have of ourselves. It is how we think and imagine, the type of person we are, our ability to perform and what we expect of ourselves in the future.
When we have a high self-esteem this is healthy, we will feel good about ourselves and have a healthy and promising outlook on life. If you have a high self-esteem it gives you the courage and strength to deal with whatever life throws at you – without it having a long-term and negative impact on your health.
If you have a low self-esteem your thoughts and feelings about yourself can be negative. You are more likely to think about your self perceived weaknesses and be negatively judgemental about the things you do and any errors you make. Having a low self-esteem means the way you look at your entire life is affected. Your mental and physical health can suffer due to low self-esteem. It is extremely important to seek help to make sure long-term problems are not developing. Hypnotherapy for increasing self-esteem is an increasingly popular way of helping.
Self-esteem and self-confidence
We often talk about having low ‘self-esteem’ or low ‘self-confidence’ to describe how we feel about ourselves. However, although self-confidence has an effect on our self-esteem, they are two different concepts. Self-confidence is the level of self trust we have in our abilities, our judgement and our personal qualities. Your self-confidence level can be different from one situation to another. For example, you could be self-confident in academic fields, but not so much when it comes to sport or games. Self-esteem is how we feel about ourselves and tends to be the same from one situation to another. Your self-esteem is learned from your experiences and the situations that you have experienced in the past. All of these shape how you feel about yourself in the here and now.
So it is possible for you to be self-confident but to have low self-esteem – and vice versa. If you can learn to value yourself then it follows that your self-esteem will improve. This will make you feel more confident about yourself. When you have confidence in yourself you feel better about yourself. Hypnotherapy is an excellent way of improving both self-confidence and self-esteem.
What could have caused me to feel this way
Most psychologists subscribe to the view that issues of confidence and esteem originate from childhood. The relationships we have in our childhood, parents, siblings, friends and teachers help us to form the opinion we have ourselves. We are told both positive and negative things about ourselves as we grow up, but it is usually the negative ones that stick in our minds. As we progress into adolescence the messages we are given can shape our perception of self-worth.
There has been much research to suggest that the media can be another source of low self-esteem among young people. You are subjected to People portrayed in the news and online as unrealistic ideals of beauty and success. This gives us feelings of self-doubt in our minds and make us feel like we will never measure up to what is perceived as desirable. If you are struggling with low self-esteem, this promotes feelings of inadequacy and unworthiness.
Hypnotherapy for self-esteem
Hypnotherapy is a relaxing and safe process where I will redirect the attention of both your conscious and subconscious mind. I will give you suggestions which will encourage positive changes. These help to promote positive thoughts, attitudes and beliefs that support a healthy self-esteem. In the deeply relaxed state of hypnosis, your subconscious is more accepting of suggestions to change. I will tailor my suggestions to meet your needs. My aim is to encourage self-empowerment and reduce negative self-talk. Thus promoting the development of long-term, healthy self-esteem.
Visit me at my Gateshead consulting rooms or home visits across the North East of England.
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Availability and prices:
Home visits – Hypnotherapy
NE1 – NE21 £80, NE22 – NE42 £90, SR1 – SR6 £90, NE43, SR7 – SR9 £110, DH1 – DH99 £130, All TS & DL postcode areas £180
Gateshead Consulting Room, Rydal Street, Gateshead. (Behind Coatsworth road) Available from march 2018
Counselling £45 per session
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