5 Ways to Build Your Self-Esteem When You Have Panic Disorder

The concept of self-esteem involves the way we see our selves and our lives. Those with healthy self-esteem tend to view themselves as overall good people and are genuinely satisfied with many areas of their lives. People with good self-esteem are aware of their weaknesses, but have found to a way to accept their imperfections. They are also in tune to their strengths and use them to their advantage.

One the contrary, those with poor self-esteem often feel bad about themselves and find it hard to be fulfilled with the current state of their lives. They are often upset about their shortcomings and rarely acknowledge their strengths. Those with poor self-esteem are often prone to medical and mental health conditions.

Many people with panic disorder also suffer from bad self-esteem. Luckily, there are things that can be done to help build up one’s self-esteem. Listed here are recommendations to start boosting your self-esteem when you have panic disorder.  

Consider Your Strengths

It can be difficult to remember your strengths, especially when anxiety and panic-related symptoms are interfering with your daily functioning. It may help to write a list of your strengths and keep them around. When feeling drained, down, or depleted, you can pull out your list of strengths as a reminder of the better aspects of you.

Centering on what you are good at can help lift your confidence and self-esteem.

Build Your Social Support

Having understanding friends and family can really help improve your self-esteem. Trusted loved ones can be there when you’re feeling low and remind you of your good qualities. Even if you haven’t explained your condition to them, just having them available to talk to and have fun with can be a real self-esteem builder.

If don’t already have this type of support in your life or have limited social connections, there are ways to build your social support. Try joining local groups or clubs that interest you. Meeting others that you have something in common with can be a great foundation for a lasting friendship.

You may also want to look into joining local support groups for people with anxiety disorder. Through such groups, you can meet people who are going through a similar struggle as you are. You may find that the people in these groups are particularly supportive towards your need for better self-esteem and recovery.

Try Journal Writing

Poor self-esteem often revolves around negative thought processes. Through journal writing you can begin to work towards correcting your negative thoughts. For instance, you can start by writing about your day or how you’re feeling each morning. Then read over what you wrote. Did you write a lot of self-loathing statements? Were focused only on what’s going wrong in your life?

Once you have identified your negative thoughts, you can use your journal to work through and replace them. Start be writing contradictions to your negative statements. For example, try writing about what is positive in your life. Some people even keep gratitude journals as a way to shift attention towards more positive ways of perception. Through such exercises, you may notice some improvement in your self-esteem.

Affirm the Positive

People with low self-esteem are often telling themselves unhealthy messages. For example, you may think to yourself “I’m far too anxious and it makes me seem dumb,” “My anxiety keeps me from getting the job, relationship, etc. that I want,” or “I’m not good enough.” Try replacing these thoughts by focusing on your better attributes. Try to affirm self-esteem boosting thoughts, such as “I am enough,” “I am a good friend and a kind person,” or “I deserve the job, relationship, etc. that I want.” Keep repeating such affirmations to yourself daily until you begin to believe them.  

Find What Makes You Happy

Perhaps you have become completely focused on what is wrong in your life and don’t pay attention to what you’re truly passionate about. Ask yourself what are your interests. Are there things you have always wanted to try, but just found excuses not to do so? Is there something you truly love to do, but have let anxiety and panic-related symptoms get in the way of this dream. Put time aside to reconnect to your passions and you may be surprised how it positively impacts your self-esteem. 

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