Improve your Life: Self belief is the key to a successful and happy life

CapeTalk's Pippa Hudson spoke to Megan Hosking, a psychiatric intake clinician working at the Akeso Specialised Psychiatric clinic about self-esteem and its impact on our lives both at work and at home.

According to Hosking, self-esteem is the confidence you have in your own worth and abilities.

When we take it a step further it is actually when your negative self belief becomes fact in your own mind. The negative opinions are now truth that you regard for yourself and that becomes so entwined with your self identity....

Megan Hosking, psychiatric

Hosking says that we all experience bad days, but we should be able to bounce back.

But if we constantly have negative self beliefs and we not able to find the good in ourselves, then it becomes a lot harder to do so.

There are various factors that contribute to low self-esteem. It can be diagnosed as an underlying disorder. It can manifest when we feel people in our lives put us down or when we set ourselves unrealistic expectations and constantly compare ourselves to others.

The biggest concern is that we are so unaware that we are doing this to ourselves. We're thinking it is just a negative thought, but actually we are having multiple negative thoughts throughout the day which start s impacting how we see everything.

Megan Hosking, psychiatric

If there is no intervention when one suffers from low self-esteem, the ability to socialise and interact with other people becomes affected.

Hosking says this can also affect your work because you have no confidence that you can achieve anything.

Listen to the full conversation below:

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