“Self-esteem relates to how we think
and feel about ourselves,
and how much value you think you have as a person”.1

Umbrella
What may the Menopause Self-Esteem Umbrella include?

Depending on the Source (DotS) this Umbrella may include:

  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Image

Self-Esteem

What is self-esteem?

DotS the definition of self-esteem may vary. The (Scottish) NHS Inform’s definition is:

“Self-esteem relates to how we think and feel about ourselves, and how much value you think you have as a person. Your self-esteem can affect how you view achievements and setbacks, so if you have low self-esteem, for example, you’re likely to focus more on your setbacks than your successes. People with low self-esteem often ignore their own achievements and positive things about themselves, and criticise themselves even when there’s no reason to”.2

Self-Image

What is self-image?

DotS the definition of self-image may vary. The (United States) Cleveland Clinic’s definition is:

“Self-image is the personal view, or mental picture, that we have of ourselves. Self-image is an “internal dictionary” that describes the characteristics of the self, including such things as intelligent, beautiful, ugly, talented, selfish, and kind. These characteristics form a collective representation of our assets (strengths) and liabilities (weaknesses) as we see them”.3

Thoughts

Is there an association between thoughts and self-esteem?

The Cleveland Clinic notes:

Menopause Self-Esteem

“The image we see in the mirror may be a real or distorted view of who we really are. Based on this view, we develop either a positive or a negative self-image. The strengths and weaknesses we have adopted affect how we act today. We continually take in information and evaluate ourselves in several areas, such as physical appearance (How do I look?), performance (How am I doing?), and relationships (How important am I?)”.4

Increasing Self-Esteem

How may self-esteem be increased?

In Fostering A Positive Self-Image: Specific Steps To Develop A Positive Self-Image the Cleveland Clinic include:

  • “Take a self-image inventory
  • Make a list of your positive qualities
  • Ask significant others to describe your positive qualities
  • Define personal goals and objectives that are reasonable and measurable
  • Confront thinking distortions
  • Identify and explore the impact of childhood labels
  • Refrain from comparing yourself to others
  • Develop your strengths
  • Learn to love yourself
  • Give positive affirmations
  • Remember that you are unique
  • Remember how far you have come”.5

In Self-Esteem: Take Steps To Feel Better About Yourself – 3. Accept Your Thoughts the Mayo Clinic elaborate on steps to boost self-esteem based on cognitive behavioral therapy and steps to try based on acceptance and commitment therapy, while reminding us:

“These steps might seem awkward at first. But they’ll get easier with practice. Recognizing the thoughts and beliefs that affect low self-esteem allows you to change the way you think about them. This will help you accept your value as a person. As your self-esteem increases, your confidence and sense of well-being are likely to soar”.6

Challenging the Critic

How can we switch off the critic in our heads?

In Self-Esteem Self-Help Guide. Section 16 of 21. 16. Challenging the Critic the NHS Inform elaborate on:

“People with low self-esteem often carry around a ‘critic’ in their heads – like an unpleasant voice repeating negative thoughts and ideas. Part of increasing your self-esteem is learning to challenge and silence that critic, and replace their voice with positive and encouraging thoughts”.7

Health Care Provider

What if I would like help with my self-esteem?

If you would like help with your self-esteem, it may be in your best interest to choose to talk to your health care provider about this. Together you can discuss your options and if required, agree on who may be the most appropriate health care provider to help you.

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  1. Self-Esteem Self-Help Guide. Section 2 of 21. 2. What Is Self-Esteem? Last Updated: 27 May 2021. NHS Inform https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/mental-health/mental-health-self-help-guides/self-esteem-self-help-guide Accessed: 06 October 2022
  2. Self-Esteem Self-Help Guide. Section 2 of 21. 2. What Is Self-Esteem? Last Updated: 27 May 2021. NHS Inform https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/mental-health/mental-health-self-help-guides/self-esteem-self-help-guide Accessed: 06 October 2022
  3. Fostering A Positive Self-Image – What Is Self-Image? This Document Was Last Reviewed on: 24 November 2020 Cleveland Clinic https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/healthy_living/hic_Stress_Management_and_Emotional_Health/hic_Fostering_a_Positive_Self-Image Accessed: 06 October 2022
  4. Fostering A Positive Self-Image: How Is Self-Image Developed? This Document Was Last Reviewed on: 24 November 2020. Cleveland Clinic https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/healthy_living/hic_Stress_Management_and_Emotional_Health/hic_Fostering_a_Positive_Self-Image Accessed: 06 October 2022
  5. Self-Esteem Self-Help Guide. Section 16 of 21. 16. Challenging the Critic. Last Updated: 27 May 2021. NHS Inform https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/mental-health/mental-health-self-help-guides/self-esteem-self-help-guide Accessed: 06 October 2022
  6. Self-Esteem: Take Steps To Feel Better About Yourself – 3. Accept Your Thoughts. 06 July 2022. Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/self-esteem/art-20045374 Accessed: 06 October 2022
  7. Fostering A Positive Self-Image: Specific Steps To Develop A Positive Self-Image. This Document Was Last Reviewed on: 24 November 2020. Cleveland Clinic https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/healthy_living/hic_Stress_Management_and_Emotional_Health/hic_Fostering_a_Positive_Self-Image Accessed: 06 October 2022
Topic Last Updated: 12 November 2022 – Topic Last Reviewed: 06 October 2022

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