How we think and feel about ourselves influence the way we react or respond to life stressors. A positive self-image affects our physical, mental, social, emotional and spiritual well being. Self-image can determine the quality of our relationships with others.
People’s self-image, how they see themselves is normally based on the compliments and criticism received throughout their life, especially when they are young and vulnerable.
Have you ever asked yourself ” What was I thinking?” or thought to yourself “That was stupid” when doing something? That was your internal voice judging you. In some people that internal voice can be too critical and harsh , leading to low self- esteem. In others, it may be so weak that they don’t notice when they are mean or insensitive to others.
Listening your internal voice and judgments of yourself is the first step to changing your self-image and esteem. One way to gain a better understanding of your current self-image is to imagine your reactions to different situations you encounter.
But sometimes it’s hard not to listen to an internal voice, even when the voice is critical. and sometimes a person passes internal judgement to protect him or herself from potentially awkward or uncomfortable situations. It is important that when you make internal judgements you also listen to the more rational part of yourself that can adjust for any reasonable criticism.
Building positive self -image is a lifelong process. Accept and love who you are. Self -image is directly linked with self esteem. Improving your self esteem will help you in creating positive self-image. Self-esteem is all about how much people value themselves, the pride they feel in themselves. A person who has high self-esteem is more control of his or her behaviour. Positive thought strategies can help a person in improving self-esteem and having a positive self image.