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The Transformative Power of Esteemable Acts in Combating Depression

Greetings, esteemed readers. Today, we delve into a topic of paramount importance in the realm of mental health – self-esteem. Beyond being a mere buzzword, self-esteem serves as a pivotal force in shaping our perceptions and responses to life's challenges. Join me as we explore the profound link between self-esteem and depression, with a particular emphasis on the concept that "self-esteem is had by doing estimable acts."

Understanding Self-Esteem

Self-esteem, the bedrock of our self-perception and intrinsic worth, is not a fixed entity. It is a malleable quality that can be cultivated and enhanced, akin to the development of a mental muscle. Recognizing its influence is fundamental to comprehending its impact on mental well-being.

The Nexus with Depression

Depression, often an unwelcome companion in life's journey, shares a complex relationship with self-esteem. When self-esteem wanes, depression finds fertile ground. However, the inverse is equally true – fortifying self-esteem can serve as a potent defence against the encroachment of depression.

Esteem-able Acts: Nurturing Self-Esteem

Let us explore the concept of "esteem-able acts" – intentional actions that contribute positively to one's self-esteem. These acts serve as a salient strategy for individuals seeking to bolster their mental and emotional well-being. Going out of our way to be of service to others is a great start. Research shows we get high from being of meaningful service to others. Our challenges become secondary when we put others' needs before our own.

We do not earn our value rather. We are all born with equal value.

Yet, esteem-able acts can help you to explore the joyful feelings connected with the expression of your intrinsic qualities of compassion and creativity - qualities that each of us have at the core of our being. As you allow yourself to initiate behaviour from this place and resonate at this frequency, you can more naturally feel a sense of self worth.

"If you want a high level of self-esteem, do estimable acts"

Ian M

  1. Embracing Small Victories: Commence your journey with an acknowledgment of small triumphs. Whether completing a book, preparing a meal, or simply rising from bed, recognizing and celebrating these modest achievements lays the foundation for heightened self-esteem.

  2. Kindness as a Virtue: The practice of kindness, regardless of scale, extends beyond altruism. Acts of kindness not only enhance the collective well-being of society but also become integral to the development of personal esteem.

  3. Setting Attainable Objectives: The establishment and accomplishment of realistic goals are instrumental in fostering confidence and self-assurance. Each achievement, regardless of magnitude, contributes to a burgeoning sense of esteem.

  4. Affirming Self-Care: Contrary to misconceptions, self-care is not an act of selfishness but an imperative facet of nurturing self-esteem. Allocating time for personal well-being, be it through leisurely pursuits or relaxation, constitutes an act of profound self-love.

  5. Curating Positive Surroundings: The influence of one's environment on self-esteem is undeniable. Cultivate an environment rich in positivity and support, as the collective optimism becomes a catalyst for personal esteem.

The Cascading Impact

Crucially, the pursuit of enhanced self-esteem is not a solitary endeavour; it manifests as a cascading influence. As self-esteem flourishes, its reverberations extend outward, positively influencing the well-being of those in proximity. This transformative process resembles a reciprocal exchange of happiness and positivity.

In conclusion, esteemed readers, the cultivation of self-esteem is not an elusive ideal but an ongoing journey. Allowing yourself to explore your intrinsic worth through doing esteem-able acts, when conscientiously integrated into one's life, can usher in a profound shift, challenging the grip of depression. Begin your odyssey with measured steps, cultivating kindness, setting realistic goals, and embracing self-care. Witness the transformative power of self-esteem as it burgeons within, fortifying against the shadows of depression. The journey towards a resilient and confident self commences now.

Vince Wishart

An experienced group facilitator, NLP Life Coach, Registered Therapeutic Counsellor, Qi gong Instructor and community builder, Vince has been running men's groups for 6+ years. Read Vince’s Full Bio


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