Publishers Letter

Break the cycle of low self-esteem

Written by Kendra Akers

Do you ever tell yourself that you are not good enough or unworthy? If so, you are not alone. Low self-esteem is a common problem that can trigger or worsen the symptoms of depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions.

The negative and self-critical thoughts experienced by those living with low self-esteem can lead to a cycle of low mood and feelings of worthlessness, making it ever more difficult to deal with work, family, and everyday problems. Breaking the cycle of low self-esteem takes time and commitment, but the results can be life- changing.

Feelings of low self-worth often begin in childhood, particularly if parents are excessively critical. Children with a history of abuse, neglect, or being bullied are especially prone to feelings of low self-worth later in life. However, low self-esteem also can be the result of negative life experiences in adulthood, such as a relationship breakdown, job loss, death of a loved one, or being diagnosed with a serious illness.

Underlying mental health problems, such as depression, bipolar disorder, or anxiety disorder, can also trigger low self-esteem. For these reasons, we dedicate our July issue each year to looking good and feeling good about yourself. It’s not about how you look; it’s about how you feel about yourself. Evidence has shown that when someone feels good about their appearance—and they feel healthy—they ultimately value themselves more.

Making just a few small changes to your lifestyle can make a big difference in the way you feel about yourself. Cutting down on stimulants such as caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol can help reduce stress levels, while increasing the amount of fresh fruit and vegetables in your diet ensures adequate nutrition and helps improve mental health. Learning a new skill, getting involved with a worthy cause, or engaging in social activities may give you a new sense of purpose and help build your sense of self-worth.

We hope you find this month’s issue helpful and that it encourages you to make the necessary adjustments in your life so you can look good and feel even better.

Until next month,

 

 

 

Kendra Akers

About the author

Kendra Akers

Kendra Akers is a lifelong resident of Lake County. She and husband, Doug, have five children, Michael, 23, Matthew, 21, Aubrey, 17, Shaena, 17 and Brooke, 15. She has been in the publishing industry since 1999, beginning her career as a marketing representative for a local newspaper. Since then, Kendra has worked at various publications and was able to fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a magazine publisher with her launch of Healthy Living Magazine in 2008. She then launched her second publication, VLIFE, in 2009 and purchased Lake and Sumter STYLE Magazine in 2010. She is proud to report her publications, published by Akers Media Group, have been recognized in numerous categories for “Publishing Excellence.” The most recent accomplishment was when Healthy Living Magazine was voted “Best Overall Magazine” by the Florida Magazine Association for the fourth year in a row! In her spare time, she enjoys most sports and likes to spend her free time offshore fishing near Crystal River, Florida.

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