Self-esteem is how you feel about yourself. When we have healthy self-esteem, we tend to feel positive about ourselves and about life in general. With healthy self-esteem we can deal with life's ups and downs. When our self-esteem is low, we tend to see ourselves and our life in a more negative and critical light.
It is usual to feel worried about things from time to time and with good reason. You may be sitting an exam or moving to a new area, for example: the outcomes of these events are important to you, so it is only natural that you might worry about your performance or your situation. You may even experience stress, which is when you worry a lot for a short period of time. When the event has passed, however, you would usually stop worrying about it and carry on with your life.
We all experience low mood in different ways. It can not only impact upon how you feel but it can also affect how you live your day to day life, including your relationships, eating and sleeping patterns, concentration and school work. It can lead to feelings of hopelessness and stop you from enjoying the things you normally would.
Self-harm is a common behaviour which is usually a signal of a deeper problem and emotional distress. Feelings of anxiety, depression, stress or bullying can lead to self-harm. Sometimes hurting yourself can feel like the only way to let those feelings out but there are healthy coping strategies which can help you break the cycle.
Everyone experiences anger, just as any other emotion. It isn’t necessarily right or wrong to feel angry. Sometimes we can feel angry for good reasons, such as problems at home, school stresses, falling out with a friend or partner. But, sometimes, we feel angry and we just don’t know why.
Healthier Together from the NHS brings together information and support covering a range of mental health difficulties.
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