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  • Writer's pictureRashidi Kabamba

Stress Management: Self-Esteem

"You may be the only person left who believes in you, but it's enough. It takes just one start to pierce a universe of darkness" - Richelle E. Goodrich

Self-esteem, self-esteem make you understand how to get through the seems.

Today, I want to elaborate on another form of stress management which is self-esteem and how your measure of self-esteem affects your ability to manage stress or adversity.

In psychology, self-esteem is used to describe a person's overall subjective sense of personal worth or value. Self-esteem is compromised of multiple things, and this blog can be multiple parts, but I am going to summarise it and explain why it's important to have a healthy self-esteem in order to have an abundant life. There are words which are interchangeable with self-esteem such as self-worth, self-respect, and self-regard. Therefore, if you hear these words it all comes back down to this word self-esteem. Now, when self-esteem consists of the attitudes, beliefs, values, and perception you have about your own value, your own abilities, emotions, instincts, etc. When you're dealing with self-esteem you have to be very introspective and actually consult your inner-being to evaluate how high or low your self-esteem is.


Now your self-esteem can be high or low, depending on how you feel or view yourself on the inside. It's important to have a positive, but realistic self-esteem so that you don't put yourself in a situation which you won't flourish in, but rather be to your own detriment. According to research by the University of Texas, Counseling and Mental Health Center, a poor self-esteem correlates to various internal and external issues, such as

  • create anxiety, stress, loneliness, and increased likelihood of depression

  • cause problems with friendships and romantic relationships

  • seriously impair academic and job performance

  • lead to increased vulnerability to drug and alcohol abuse

This is why it's important to build your self-esteem from the inside out because these are all the issues which you can encounter if you don't have as listed above. Now a positive self-esteem has amazing benefits such as,

  • Better Grades

  • Less stress

  • Less depression

  • Longer lifespan

Now how does having a positive self-esteem help you during stressful situations, let me go into the Stress Management Handbook once again by Eva Selhub which describes how having inner surety and confidence helps your stress response be more manageable.

"Positive perception is directly correlated to inner surety or trust in success or manageability of a particular endeavor or challenge. Negative perception, in contrast, is associated with lower self-appraisal and belief in the possibility of a positive outcome occurring."

Therefore, you see how important it is in order to have a health self-esteem because it will lead to you having a positive perception about your stressful situation so that you can look at the situation as manageable and as a challenge, so you can endure through it and keep going to the next level. Self-esteem is a catalyst to having a healthy life and well-being, so it's important to increase your self-esteem by any way possible as a form of stress management. In my next blog, I will go through part 2 of this topic to expand on ways to increase your self-esteem so you can be a champion in your life and endeavours. With that being said, cheers and have a great rest of the day! Peace!! :)

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