Building Healthy Self-Esteem

Use the questions below as a tool to think through situations that make you feel down on yourself.

Describe a situation that made you feel down on yourself.

Describe a situation that made you feel down on yourself.


Take a moment to practice self-compassion.

  • Awareness: How does it make me feel?
  • Recognize Common Humanity: Name others who have experienced suffering in their lives.
  • Self-Kindness Message: What would a compassionate person say to me?

Take a moment to practice self-compassion.

  • Awareness: What am I feeling?
  • Recognize Common Humanity: Name others who have experienced suffering in their lives.
  • Self-Kindness Message: What would a compassionate person say to me?

Find another viewpoint.

  • How can I see this differently?
  • Are there possible alternative explanations?
  • What am I grateful for?
  • What choices can I still make?

Find another viewpoint.

  • How can I see this differently?
  • Are there possible alternative explanations?
  • What am I grateful for?
  • What choices can I still make?

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