How Can I Help My Loved One Suffering From Low Self-Esteem?

Sharon Fountain


December 29th, 2014

If your child, friend or significant other suffers from acne scarring, it can be detrimental to their self-esteem. They may look in the mirror and fail to see their positive personal attributes, and focus only on the shame or embarrassment they feel as a result of their acne scars. Furthermore, it’s not always easy to be the listener; the one who helps your loved one feel empowered and confident.

Here are five tips to help you communicate with your loved one and help them strengthen their self-esteem.

  1. Be Accepting—people simply want to know that someone understands them and accepts them as they are.
  2. Remind your loved one that there is no “should“—people often have distorted ideas about how we think we should act, look or feel. This self-created ideal is often flawed. Remind your loved one that there are no standards of perfection against which they need compare themselves.
  3. Encourage your loved one extend to others—helping others can shift our focus from what we think we lack to what we have to offer. Dedicating time to helping others is a great way to help boost self-esteem and slowly diminish negative thoughts about oneself.
  4. Find a support group—apathy can help fuel self-esteem issues. For that reason, encourage your loved one to join a support group or visit a dermatologist to talk about acne scarring treatment options.
  5. Prioritize personal health—while it may seem obvious, good hygiene, regular exercise and sleep are all ways to help boost self-esteem. Self-care fuels direction and motivation. If your loved one is showing signs of disinterest in basic self care, help them focus on things that leave them feeling good about themselves—like wearing their favorite outfit or going for a run.

Being a key player in someone’s support system can seem overwhelming. Remember that simply being there to listen and provide support can be a great help.

Encourage your loved one to seek professional help if self-esteem continues to be an issue.

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