Everyone lacks confidence or doesn’t feel good about themselves at some point in their life. However if these feelings continue, then low self-esteem can damage your mental health and well-being.

When you feel unhappy about how you look or feel, you may withdraw from meeting up with friends or socialising. This can make the problem worse and can make you feel isolated, reinforcing the negative feelings. Sometimes young people can be very critical of themselves with targets that are too high or unachievable expectations.

There are many messages both positive and negative that we are exposed to every day. People judge each other on social media and there is often pressure for “likes” on Facebook for photos or comments. Negative comments can feel devastating at times.

Low self-esteem can also be triggered by negative life events, or it could be that you have a natural tendency to look on the negative side of life.

People that have a positive outlook on life tend to feel happier and are more able to deal with the ups and downs of life.