Self-esteem can be affected by many things. Being bullied or harassed in the workplace or a school setting can create a host of difficulties for an individual who has problems realizing his own self-worth. Building self-worth involves realizing and appreciating one's strengths and also acknowledging one’s weaknesses. By admitting his shortcomings, a person can begin to take the needed steps to make necessary improvements. A person's self-esteem is often based on what significant others say or do. While what others say should be considered, it is vital that a person has the ability to establish his own self-worth independently of what others think. Psychotherapy can be a useful tool to come to terms with one’s strengths and weaknesses and to address areas that can be changed and improved.
The best way to improve self-esteem includes learning self-worth, being able to appreciate one’s value. This involves accepting both strengths and weaknesses and making a solid commitment to making improvements in any areas that may be lacking, but are under a person’s control to change. Self-esteem based solely on one's looks or possession of material goods, as examples, is vulnerable to swings of mood and fortune . A person’s attitude, demeanor, health and wellbeing, and lifestyle provide a focus for possible changes and improvements that affect self-esteem. Counseling is often helpful to reinforce positive values and strengths as well as to come to terms with strengths and weaknesses.
Creating a positive environment and practicing positive lifestyle habits are essential to maintaining self-esteem. Individuals who surround themselves with people who have positive attitudes and who are working towards maintaining good health and well-being will create an environment that is conducive to positive self-esteem. While this may be difficult for some people to accomplish, taking the steps they need to create a positive environment is extremely important. Once a person begins to include positive aspects in their environment and mindset, their feelings of self-worth and self-esteem will begin to improve dramatically.
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