8 Health Benefits of a Healthy Self-Esteem

You know eating a balanced diet helps you stay healthy, but did you know having balanced, positive self-esteem can have health benefits too?

Just like choosing a nutritious diet, cultivating a healthy self-esteem is all about balance. When you have a realistic view of yourself, you’re able to acknowledge your abilities and positive qualities, as well as recognize your faults. And that’s healthy.

When you have a healthy self-esteem, it impacts your overall well-being.

Here are eight of the emotional, mental and physical benefits of a healthy self-esteem:

  1. Your expectations are more in line with reality, and as a result, you’re less critical of yourself and others.
  2. You’re better able to handle stress (and avoid the unhealthy side effects that come with it).
  3. You’re less likely to develop an eating disorder.
  4. You’re not as likely to battle feelings of worthlessness, guilt or shame.
  5. You’re more likely to be assertive about expressing what you want, need or think.
  6. You can build strong, honest relationships (and are less likely to stay in unhealthy ones).
  7. You have greater confidence in your ability to make good decisions.
  8. You bounce back more easily when it comes to life’s inevitable setbacks.

But that’s not all. Learning to like and respect yourself—flaws and all—has an important bonus benefit. You’re serving as a role model for your daughter, niece or granddaughter and other young women in your life who are in the process of forming their own self-image.

If your self-esteem could use a boost, there are specific steps you can take to toward a healthier view of yourself. 


  1. Who is listening to what you say about yourself? What impact—positive or negative—does it have on her health and self-esteem?
  2. Assuming you enjoy affirming others, how can you become your own best friend? What would you say to genuinely compliment yourself?

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