Equipping Kingdom Women to Occupy

As I sit down to write this post, I can’t help but feel a little vulnerable. As a person who loves to learn new things, I also enjoy sharing my excitement for those newfound passions. However, others can sometimes see that excitement as gloating or boastful. To avoid this misunderstanding, today, I want to dive into a topic that has deeply affected me and likely touches many of you as well – self-esteem. Our self-esteem, or how we perceive and value ourselves, plays a significant role in our day-to-day interactions and relationships. When our self-esteem is low, it can lead to misunderstandings, hurt feelings, and even damaged relationships.

One of the primary ways low self-esteem shows up in our relationships is through our tendency to compare ourselves to others. When we feel inadequate or inferior, it becomes difficult to celebrate the achievements and excitement of those around us. Instead of feeling genuine happiness for their success, we might feel envious or resentful, leading to us perceiving their excitement as boasting or gloating.

For example, imagine a close friend receiving a promotion at work. If your self-esteem is low, you might feel threatened by their success, wondering why you haven’t achieved the same level in your career. Instead of congratulating your friend, you might feel the need to downplay their accomplishment or avoid discussing it altogether.

Low self-esteem can also affect how we communicate with others. When we don’t value ourselves highly, we might struggle to assert our needs and boundaries in relationships. This can lead to feelings of resentment and frustration, as well as increased conflict with our loved ones.

Take, for instance, a romantic relationship where one partner struggles with low self-esteem. They might have difficulty expressing their feelings or asserting their needs, making them feel unheard and unappreciated. This lack of open communication can create distance and misunderstanding between partners, weakening their bond.

So, what can we do to improve our self-esteem and relationships? Here are a few tips:

1. Practice self-compassion: Treat yourself with kindness, understanding, and forgiveness. Recognize that everyone makes mistakes and has imperfections – it’s part of being human.

2. Focus on your strengths: Acknowledge and celebrate your talents, skills, and accomplishments. Remind yourself of what you’re good at and what you bring to your relationships.

3. Set realistic expectations: Avoid setting unattainable goals or holding yourself to impossibly high standards. Instead, focus on achievable goals and celebrate your progress.

4. Surround yourself with supportive people: Seek out friends and loved ones who uplift, encourage, and believe in you. A strong support network can have a positive impact on your self-esteem.

5. Seek professional help: If you’re struggling with low self-esteem and it’s affecting your relationships and overall well-being, consider contacting a mental health professional for guidance and support.

It’s important to remember that our self-esteem can profoundly impact our day-to-day interactions and relationships. By working on our self-esteem, we can foster healthier, more fulfilling connections with those around us and experience greater satisfaction in our lives.

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