Ever thought that you could be achieving a lot more if only you weren’t so afraid you’d fail? Or maybe you think that you can’t do it or you’re not capable enough. These might be signs that you have low self-esteem. This term might be thrown around often but what does it really mean? Someone who has low self-esteem usually thinks that they are not capable of accomplishing anything, they are unhappy with who they are as individuals, and they might also believe that they are unworthy of other people’s love and affection. On the other hand, someone with a healthy self-esteem believes in themselves and their abilities; they also believe that they are worthy of other people’s respect and love. How Can Individuals Build Healthy Self-Esteem? 1. Practise affirmations Affirmations are positive messages that you can repeat to yourself in order to replace the negative messages you might constantly hear from yourself or those around you. Try making a list of 3-4 of these messages and repeat them to yourself every now and then. For example, “I am worthy of love and respect”, “I am a good and supportive friend”, “I like myself just the way I am”. 2. Identify your strengths People with low self-esteem tend to focus on their negative qualities and overlook their positive ones. Try keeping aside a few moments of your day to think about how you contributed to your life and other people’s in a positive manner. It could be something small like holding the door for a co-worker or making someone laugh with a joke. 3. Build better relationships It’s important to have people in your life who value and respect you just as you are, instead of constantly attacking you. This doesn’t mean that they overlook your flaws, but that they are able to communicate their issues with you in a constructive manner that leaves room for improvement.