Health A to Z

Self Esteem

Why a healthy sense of worth is a good thing, and the tools you need to give yourself a boost.


Some women seem to have self-esteem to spare; others–not so much! According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, if you have good self-esteem, you have a healthy view of yourself, a sense of self-worth and positive outlook. You also feel generally satisfied with yourself and set realistic goals. When people have low self-esteem they may feel shy, anxious or depressed. People with low self-esteem are more likely to engage in unhealthy habits, such as smoking.

Self-esteem boosts

Let go of the ideal image When people try to be perfect it’s damaging to self-esteem. Instead be positive about yourself but realistic about what you can do.

Get physical Participating in sports may help women build self-esteem by enhancing their positive image of their own bodies and skills.

Think positive Surround yourself with positive images of healthy women and positive people. Look for role models whom you can admire for their accomplishments.

Outside resources
Public Health Agency of Canada

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