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Wellness news: BeYOUtiful--Tips for boosting your self-esteem

Oct 20, 2016

Body image is the way we think, feel and react to our own physical bodies. It is a large piece of the puzzle that makes up our self-esteem - the way you feel about yourself as a whole body, mind and soul. Body image is shaped by outside influences around us such as media, family members, friends and significant others. Parents and caregivers stand as the largest contributor to the way we begin to feel about ourselves and who we are becoming at an early age.

Research conducted in the past 20 years shows that women, more than men, suffer from poor self-esteem related to body image. Self-esteem is directly tied with self-efficacy, the belief that you have total control over your own life and choices. Women who suffer from poor self-esteem are more likely to also suffer from depression, anxiety, substance abuse issues and be vulnerable to poor treatment from their significant other. These factors increase stress levels which lead to a variety of poor health outcomes. 

What can you do to improve your self-esteem?

  • Make a list of the pros and cons about yourself and ensure that the pros outweigh the cons.
  • For every con you wrote, turn it into a pro.
  • Write down your goals.
  • Keep a journal.
  • Remember that you are beautiful and always a work in progress.

Low self-efficacy also makes it less likely for women to meet health goals that they set for themselves because they do not believe they can achieve them. Use these steps to improve your self-esteem and love you for you.

For more information on ways to improve self-esteem as well as healthy recipes, exercise tips and webinars, check out this month's Delta Health Systems Newsletter.

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