“Self-esteem affects virtually every facet of your life. Maintaining a healthy, realistic view of yourself isn’t about blowing your own horn. It’s about…”.1

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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 (United States) Mayo Clinic’s definition is:

“Self-esteem is your overall opinion of yourself — how you feel about your abilities and limitations.2

The Mayo Clinic also note:

“When you have healthy self-esteem, you feel good about yourself and see yourself as deserving the respect of others. When you have low self-esteem, you put little value on your opinions and ideas. You might constantly worry that you aren’t good enough”.3

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”.4

Factors

What factors shape self-esteem?

The Mayo Clinic explain:

“Self-esteem is shaped by your thoughts, relationships and experiences”.5

In Self-Esteem Check: Too Low or Just Right? Factors That Shape and Influence Self-Esteem the Mayo Clinic elaborate on:

“Self-esteem begins to form in early childhood. Factors that can influence self-esteem include:

  • Your thoughts and perceptions
  • How other people react to you
  • Experiences at home, school, work and in the community
  • Illness, disability or injury
  • Age
  • Role and status in society
  • Media messages”.6

In Fostering A Positive Self-Image: How Is Self-Image Developed? the Cleveland Clinic elaborate on:

“Self-image is a product of learning. Early childhood influences, such as parents and caregivers, have a major influence on our self-image. They are mirrors reflecting back to us an image of ourselves. Our experiences with others such as teachers, friends, and family add to the image in the mirror. Relationships reinforce what we think and feel about ourselves”.7

Relationships

What is the association between relationships and self-esteem?

Yes. The Mayo Clinic explain:

“Relationships with those close to you — parents, siblings, peers, teachers and other important contacts — are important to your self-esteem. Many beliefs you hold about yourself today reflect messages you’ve received from these people over time.

If your relationships are strong and you receive generally positive feedback, you’re more likely to see yourself as worthwhile and have healthier self-esteem. If you receive mostly negative feedback and are often criticized, teased or devalued by others, you’re more likely to struggle with poor self-esteem”.8

Thoughts

Is there an association between thoughts and self-esteem?

Yes. The Mayo Clinic note:

Menopause Self-Esteem
“Your own thoughts have perhaps the biggest impact on self-esteem — and these thoughts are within your control. If you tend to focus on your weaknesses or flaws, working on changing that can help you develop a more balanced, accurate view of yourself”.9

The Cleveland Clinic also note:

“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?)”.10

Increasing Self-Esteem

How may self-esteem be increased?

In Self-Esteem: Take Steps To Feel Better About Yourself 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.

In Fostering A Positive Self-Image: Specific Steps To Foster 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”.11

Bottom Line

What is the bottom line with self-esteem?

According to the Mayo Clinic:

“Self-esteem affects virtually every facet of your life. Maintaining a healthy, realistic view of yourself isn’t about blowing your own horn. It’s about learning to like and respect yourself — faults and all”.12

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 Check: Too Low, Too High or Just Right? Benefits of Healthy Self-Esteem. Content Updated: 14 July 2020. Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/self-esteem/art-20047976 Accessed: 28 September 2020
  2. Self-Esteem Check: Too Low, Too High or Just Right? Content Updated: 14 July 2020. Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/self-esteem/art-20047976 Accessed: 28 September 2020
  3. Self-Esteem Check: Too Low, Too High or Just Right? Content Updated: 14 July 2020. Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/self-esteem/art-20047976 Accessed: 28 September 2020
  4. Fostering A Positive Self-Image – What Is Self-Image? This Document Was Last Reviewed on: 18 October 2016. Cleveland Clinic https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/healthy_living/hic_Stress_Management_and_Emotional_Health/hic_Fostering_a_Positive_Self-Image Accessed: 28 September 2020
  5. Self-Esteem Check: Too Low, Too High or Just Right? Content Updated: 14 July 2020. Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/self-esteem/art-20047976 Accessed: 28 September 2020
  6. Self-Esteem Check: Too Low, Too High or Just Right? Factors That Shape and Influence Self-Esteem. Content Updated: 14 July 2020. Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/self-esteem/art-20047976 Accessed: 28 September 2020
  7. Fostering A Positive Self-Image: How Is Self-Image Developed? This Document Was Last Reviewed on: 18 October 2016. Cleveland Clinic https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/healthy_living/hic_Stress_Management_and_Emotional_Health/hic_Fostering_a_Positive_Self-Image Accessed: 28 September 2020
  8. Self-Esteem Check: Too Low, Too High or Just Right? Factors That Shape and Influence Self-Esteem. Content Updated: 14 July 2017. Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/self-esteem/art-20047976 Accessed: 28 September 2020
  9. Self-Esteem Check: Too Low, Too High or Just Right? Factors That Shape and Influence Self-Esteem. Content Updated: 14 July 2017. Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/self-esteem/art-20047976 Accessed: 28 September 2020
  10. Fostering A Positive Self-Image: How Is Self-Image Developed? This Document Was Last Reviewed on: 18 October 2016. Cleveland Clinic https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/healthy_living/hic_Stress_Management_and_Emotional_Health/hic_Fostering_a_Positive_Self-Image Accessed: 28 September 2020
  11. Fostering A Positive Self-Image: Specific Steps To Foster A Positive Self-Image. This Document Was Last Reviewed on: 18 October 2016. Cleveland Clinic https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/healthy_living/hic_Stress_Management_and_Emotional_Health/hic_Fostering_a_Positive_Self-Image Accessed: 28 September 2020
  12. Self-Esteem Check: Too Low, Too High or Just Right? Benefits of Healthy Self-Esteem. Content Updated: 14 July 2020. Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/self-esteem/art-20047976 Accessed: 28 September 2020

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