I realized that I haven't written an inspirational post lately, so today I want to focus on self respect and self esteem. Self Respect is defined as: due respect for oneself, ones character, and ones conduct. I've always felt that self respect can highly affect ones self esteem and vise versa. If you think about it, they go hand in hand. I think that in order to have self respect for yourself, a person must love oneself. Even if you're going through a difficult time in your life, you have to value yourself. When a person doesn't love and value themselves the ugliness of negative self esteem occurs.
Negative self esteem usually comes from maladaptive thoughts i.e. "I hate the way I look" or "I'm not good enough" etc. We all have insecurities, but continuously dwelling on them can lead to negative results. Another reason for low self esteem, is due to negative outside influences. I've noticed that teenage girls sometimes struggle with this. However, anyone at any age can struggle with low self esteem. You should never let anyone affect the way you feel about yourself. Whether if it's a guy you're dating turns out to be a jerk, a friend who tries to get you in trouble, or whatever the reason may be, don't let anyone or anything make you feel devalued because in the end it's not worth it. In a nutshell know that you are special and always value yourself.
What are your thoughts on self respect and self esteem?
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